Tulips balance symmetrical perfection with elegance of proportion in a wide range of colours

red lily flowered tulips

Tulip Bulbs

  • Hardy perennial

  • Flowers: March to May

  • Full sun or part shade

  • Plant September to November


other spring bulbs:
Crocus | Daffodils & Narcissi | Hyacinths


Best planted in groups of one variety. Traditional large reds are very robust and will grow in most places, but the finest to my eye at least are the lily-flowered varieties. These have rather taller thinner flowers with a slightly out-turned tip to each petal. Tulips are shorter lived (from year to year) than other spring bulbs, especially the more delicately flowered types.

Plant - In containers, borders or beds, NOT in grass, they can't compete in the way that daffodils can.

Depth - 4-6" of soil above the top of the bulb, less in heavy, more in light soils,

Cultivation - after flowering, remove the seed heads and water once with double strength liquid fertiliser, plenty of it to reach the bulbs and roots. Leave leaves to die down naturally, remove when completely brown. Tulip leaves are less obtrusive than other spring bulb foliage.

Containers - I plant 10-12 bulbs of about a dozen varieties every autumn in 10L or thereabouts pots, one variety per pot. When they flower from April onwards I bring them onto the decking near the house, after flowering they are planted in the borders for subsequent years. They are much bigger and last much longer than a bunch of tulips bought in the spring,


Artist tulip collection

Artist tulip collection

£ 18.99
Award winning technicolour tulip collection

Award winning technicolour tulip collection

£ 23.99
Award winning tulips for a great performance

Award winning tulips for a great performance

£ 24.99
Award winning vibrant species tulip collection

Award winning vibrant species tulip collection

£ 19.98
Baroque tulip collection

Baroque tulip collection

£ 14.99
Black Forest tulip collection

Black Forest tulip collection

£ 29.99
Bold and beautiful tulip collection

Bold and beautiful tulip collection

£ 17.99
Brandy snap tulip collection

Brandy snap tulip collection

£ 15.99
Bridal Kisses Tulip Collection

Bridal Kisses Tulip Collection

£ 4.99
Caramel blush tulip collection

Caramel blush tulip collection

£ 14.99
Charming apricot tulip collection

Charming apricot tulip collection

£ 17.99
Chequers tulip collection

Chequers tulip collection

£ 8.99
Chocolate orange tulip collection

Chocolate orange tulip collection

£ 22.98
Chouchou Tulip Collection

Chouchou Tulip Collection

£ 7.99
Citrus burst tulip collection

Citrus burst tulip collection

£ 18.99
Citrus burst tulips and pot combination

Citrus burst tulips and pot combination

£ 78.26
Club synaeda tulip collection

Club synaeda tulip collection

£ 18.99
Cool water tulip and pot combination

Cool water tulip and pot combination

£ 83.96
Cool water tulip collection

Cool water tulip collection

£ 17.99
Copper blush tulip collection

Copper blush tulip collection

£ 17.99
Dark eyes tulip collection

Dark eyes tulip collection

£ 17.99
Dark mystery tulip collection

Dark mystery tulip collection

£ 17.99
Dark mystery tulips and pot combination

Dark mystery tulips and pot combination

£ 77.96
Dark tulip collection

Dark tulip collection

£ 19.99
Double tulip collection

Double tulip collection

£ 14.99
Duo of double tulips collection

Duo of double tulips collection

£ 23.98
Early flowering prince tulip collection

Early flowering prince tulip collection

£ 14.99
Early flowering tulips kaufmanniana collection

Early flowering tulips kaufmanniana collection

£ 29.98
Ebony and ivory tulip collection

Ebony and ivory tulip collection

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Frosted snow tulip collection

Frosted snow tulip collection

£ 18.99
Green and plum tulip collection

Green and plum tulip collection

£ 21.99
Hot and spicy tulip collection

Hot and spicy tulip collection

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Ivory tulip collection

Ivory tulip collection

£ 19.99
Large flowered tulips - Darwin tulip collection

Large flowered tulips - Darwin tulip collection

£ 24.99
Lime Zinger tulip collection

Lime Zinger tulip collection

£ 19.99
Magenta and mauve tulip collection

Magenta and mauve tulip collection

£ 14.99
Magenta red tulip collection

Magenta red tulip collection

£ 9.99
Neapolitan tulip collection

Neapolitan tulip collection

£ 21.99
Orange and red tulip collection

Orange and red tulip collection

£ 17.99
Orange sorbet tulip collection

Orange sorbet tulip collection

£ 15.99
Oranges and lemons lily tulip collection

Oranges and lemons lily tulip collection

£ 17.99
Pastel pink tulip collection

Pastel pink tulip collection

£ 14.99
Peach and plum tulip collection

Peach and plum tulip collection

£ 19.99
Pearl tulip collection

Pearl tulip collection

£ 18.99
Persian tulip collection

Persian tulip collection

£ 14.99
Picture gallery tulip collection

Picture gallery tulip collection

£ 18.99
Picture Perfect Double Flowered Tulips

Picture Perfect Double Flowered Tulips

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Pink and white tulips

Pink and white tulips

£ 9.99
Pink chic tulip collection

Pink chic tulip collection

£ 18.99
Plum and ginger tulip collection

Plum and ginger tulip collection

£ 18.99
Plum and pink tulip collection

Plum and pink tulip collection

£ 18.99
Radicchio tulip collection

Radicchio tulip collection

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Regal tulip collection

Regal tulip collection

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Rich jewel medley tulip collection

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Rockery tulips greigii collection

Rockery tulips greigii collection

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Royal tulip collection

Royal tulip collection

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Scented tulip collection

Scented tulip collection

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Spring Storm Tulip Collection

Spring Storm Tulip Collection

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Tulip Apricot Foxx

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Tulip Banana Cream

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Tulip Black Hero and Allium Silver Spring

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Tulip Calgary & Muscari armeniacum collection

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Tulip Carnaval de Nice

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Tulip City of Vancouver

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Tulip Collection

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Tulip Dolls Minuet

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Tulip Double Flag

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Tulip Double Pink

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Tulip Double Red

£ 3.99
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Tulip Double Yellow

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Tulip Estella Rijnveld

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Tulip Exquisit Bulbs

Tulip Exquisit Bulbs

£ 8.99
Tulip Flaming Flag

Tulip Flaming Flag

£ 3.99
Tulip Gold Dust

Tulip Gold Dust

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Tulip Greenstar and Doll

Tulip Greenstar and Doll's Minuet collection

£ 12.5
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Tulip Holland Chic

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Tulip Ice Cream

£ 4.99
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Tulip Johann Strauss

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Tulip Lambada

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Tulip Pink Impression

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Tulip Pinocchio

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Tulip pulchella Little Beauty

Tulip pulchella Little Beauty

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Tulip Queen of Night

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Tulip Queen of the Night

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Tulip Red Riding Hood

£ 3.99
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£ 6.99
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Tulip Rococo

£ 3.99
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Tulip Scarlet Baby

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Tulip Species bakeri Lilac Wonder

Tulip Species bakeri Lilac Wonder

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Tulip Synaeda Orange

£ 4.99
Tulip Triumph Purple

Tulip Triumph Purple

£ 3.99
Tulip Triumph Red & White Bicolour

Tulip Triumph Red & White Bicolour

£ 3.99
Tulip Triumph White

Tulip Triumph White

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Tulip trough gift set

Tulip trough gift set

£ 14.99
Tulip Tulipa Blushing Lady

Tulip Tulipa Blushing Lady

£ 3.99
Tulip Tulipa Double Purple

Tulip Tulipa Double Purple

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Tulip Tulipa Double White

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Tulip Tulipa fosteriana Concerto

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Tulip Tulipa Gavota

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Tulip Tulipa gregii Toronto

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Tulip Tulipa Happy Generation

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Tulip Tulipa Madonna

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Tulip Tulipa Orange Toronto

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Tulip Tulipa Quebec

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Tulip Tulipa Tarda

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Tulip Tulipa Triumph Pink & White Bicolour

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Tulip Tulipa Triumph Red

Tulip Tulipa Triumph Red

£ 3.99
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Tulip Tulipa Triumph Yellow

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Tulip Tulipa viridiflora Spring Green

Tulip Tulipa viridiflora Spring Green

£ 3.99
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Tulip Van Eijk

£ 9.99
Tulip viridiflora Greenland

Tulip viridiflora Greenland

£ 3.99
Tulip Washington

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£ 3.99
Tulip White Parrot

Tulip White Parrot

£ 3.99
Tulipa

Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice'

£ 14.99
Tulipa acuminata

Tulipa acuminata

£ 8.99
Tulipa Aladdin

Tulipa Aladdin

£ 5.99
Tulipa Albion Star (

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£ 4.99
Tulipa Amazing Parrot

Tulipa Amazing Parrot

£ 6.49
Tulipa André Rieu

Tulipa André Rieu

£ 5.99
Tulipa Angélique

Tulipa Angélique

£ 6.99
Tulipa Angélique - potted bulbs

Tulipa Angélique - potted bulbs

£ 8.99
Tulipa Annie Schilder

Tulipa Annie Schilder

£ 6.99
Tulipa Antoinette (PBR)

Tulipa Antoinette (PBR)

£ 5.99