Tulip Annie Schilder
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This lovely tulip – a Triumph type – has a powerful, deliciously citrusy fragrance, in addition to being a nuanced shade of orange. I think it pairs well with the apricot flowering currant bush (Ribes x gordonianum, to left) and the orange-twigged dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, to right).

Lipstick pink tulips with chartreuse
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Lipstick pink lily-flowered tulips look fantastic against the chartreuse flowers of Euphorbia and chartreuse-leafed Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’. These tulips persist year after year in my dry parking strip.

Maureen tulip with steely blue foliage
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Creamy Maureen tulips (single late type) look great in a gravel garden with steely blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), a blue-leafed conifer (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’) and a white-flowered rock rose (Cistus sp.).

Queen of Night tulip with pink species peony (P. mascula subsp. triternata, formerly P. daurica)
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I’ll be darned if those Queen of Night tulips don’t make everything look good!

Tulip Prinses Irene
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Foreground: Tulip ‘Prinses Irene’ (Triumph type, orange with purple flames)
Background: Tulip ‘Little Princess’ – a petite species tulip

Tulip Little Princess
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Only a few inches high, Little Princess is a species type tulip that loves sun, heat and good drainage. It’s perfect near a gravel path where it receives reflected heat and can go completely dry in summer. On sunny spring days, the flowers open wide like little orange stars…

Tulip Annie Schilder
Lipstick pink tulips with chartreuse
Maureen tulip with steely blue foliage
Queen of Night tulip with pink species peony (P. mascula subsp. triternata, formerly P. daurica)
Tulip Prinses Irene
Tulip Little Princess
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