Tulips (Tulipa spp.) Require a winter chill, plenty of sunlight, rich soil and appropriate planting, but reward you with abundant blooms. Tulips come in a variety of colours, sizes and flower forms, with varying blossom times. These flowers vary from ancient, late and mid-season bloomers, so tulip it is possible to delight in the beauty of the flowers from March through May.
The ancient blooming tulip varieties look in early spring. Two varieties that bloom early are just one ancient tulips and double early tulips. Single tulips bear a single flower on each 10- to 16-inch stem. The flowers vary in color from white and yellow to salmon and dark purple. This variety isn’t well-adapted to mild-winter areas, but can grow inside in pots. Double ancient tulips have short stems that bear peonylike double flowers about 4 inches wide and the exact same color range as one ancient tulips.
Late-season tulips offer more blossom varieties. Double and single late tulips differ from the ancient varieties; the sole blooms have an oval shape and 1 1/2- to 3-foot stems and add color from yellow and orange to mauve and maroon with contrasting margins, while double blooms are larger, up to 5 inches across and range in color from rose and white to yellow and orange. Late-season tulips also consist of Parrot group tulips, with ruffled, deeply fringed flowers; lily-flowered tulips; fringed tulips with finely fringed edges which are frequently differ in shade from the rest of the flower; also Viridiflora group tulips which are edged in green.
Mid-season tulip varieties include Triumph tulips and Darwin hybrid tulips. Triumph tulips bear a single flower on a 20-inch tall stem with colours ranging from white and red to yellow and bi-colored. Darwin hybrid tulips varieties are brightly coloured flowers with stems ranging from 24 to 28 inches tall. Several Darwin hybrids are scarlet-orange to red in color and a few have penciling or contracting eyes.
Species tulips blossom at different times. Fosteriana tulips are early bloomers with large flowers up to 8 inches wide on 8- to 10-inch tall stems. Colours range from orange and red to yellow and pink. Greigii tulips are mid-season bloomers using 6-inch flowers on 10-inch comes with leaves streaked heavily spotted and streaked with brown. Several Greigii tulips have more than one shade on single blossom. Species tulips are a large variety and mainly utilized in rock gardens and planted where they could remain undisturbed for many years.