Ideal for exposed sites
These 'dwarfs' are ideal for exposed sites where wind damage may be a problem. They are perfect for bedding out or growing in containers on the patio. (Bulb sizes quoted in centimetres refer to the circumference of bulbs. All bulbs are sourced from cultivated stocks.) Collection comprises of 90 bulbs (15 of each variety):
- Ice Stick - Pretty white flowers stained yellow at the base with crimsom stain. Flowers March. Height 21-30cm.
- Fur Elise - A superb dwarf variety producing alluring creamy-white blooms with harmonious pinkish stripes. Flowers in March. Height 25cm. Bulb size 11/12cm.
- Rigas Barikades - Jesters hat flowers in vibrant red, over dark green, striped leaves. A real talking point! Flowers April-May. Height 31-40cm. Bulb size 11/12cm.
- Red Riding Hood - Searing scarlet blooms with lovely mottled rich-green leaves. Very striking. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers April-May. Height 15cm. Bulb size 10/11cm.
- Pinocchio - Elegant pale red blooms with a cool white strip down the outside. A customer favourite for many years! Flowers March-April. Height 20cm. Bulb size 10/11cm.
- Stresa - An exciting way to transform your winter garden. Breathtaking in large numbers! Flowers March-April. Height 25cm. Bulb size 10/11cm.
Tulips are a must for every spring garden, creating colourful displays in beds, borders, containers and rockeries. These classic beauties are, of course, the perfect companions to spring bedding plants and they make superb cut flowers too. They are the embodiment of a British spring garden, and did you know that in the early 17th century, when 'tulip mania' hit Holland, prices of the recently introduced bulbs soared, some single bulbs selling for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman! Today there are literally thousands of varieties available, in a stunning array of colours and forms.
Aftercare - Easy:False
Aftercare - Moderate:False
Aftercare - High:False
RHS Award of Garden Merit:False
Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False
Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False
Likes Acidic Soil:False
Beds & Borders:True
Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:True
Planting bulbs in groups will produce a colourful spring display. For best results plant your delivery of bulbs as soon as possible, although tulips can benefit from planting in November as this will help to avoid frost damage to early shoot tips in spring. When planting choose an area that is freely drained as bulbs will rot in waterlogged areas. As a general rule for outdoor planting, you should bury the bulb to a depth three times the height of the bulb. Small bulbs can be planted 10-15 cm (4-6") apart and larger bulbs such as daffodils and tulips plant 15-20cm (6-8") apart. If planting in containers, bulbs can be planted closer together but ensure they are not touching each other. Containers that will bloom for months! By planting layers of different bulb varieties your containers could be blooming from February to May! Cover the pot's hole with at least 5cm of small stones or crocks to improve drainage, and use a 50/50 mix of good quality compost and garden soil. Allow just 1cm gap between bulbs and don't allow them to touch the sides of the pot. Provide protection over winter, and move outside when the first green shoots appear in spring.