Give Your Garden Bright Spring Color
Bulbs to try: tulips
Some spring bulbs bloom well for a year or two, then disappear. Not these picks from Jason Delaney of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
For tulips, Jason suggests cultivars from the Fosteriana, Greigii, Kaufmanniana, Darwin Hybrid and Single Late groups for Midwest gardeners because they come back year to year. His favorites include:
'White Emperor' (syn. 'Purissima') A Fosteriana, this plant's milky-white petals light up gardens. 16-18 inches tall.
'Stresa' A vivid Kaufmanniana tulip, this early bloomer has yellow-edged red petals. 8-10 inches tall.
'Gudoshnik' This Darwin Hybrid blooms in shades from solid red to creamy yellow with mottled petals. 24 inches tall.
'Tsar Peter' Creamy-white petals with feathered rose centers decorate this Greigii tulip. 10 inches tall.
'Renown' A late-blooming tulip, 'Renown' is in the Single Late group and has reddish-pink flowers and a creamy, blue-edged base. 26 inches tall.
Pictured: T. humilis 'Violacea'.