Top 10 Tulip Favorites

Our top tulips were chosen for their wide variety of color, size, and bloom time.

There’s nothing quite as welcoming in a winter-weary backyard as a bright sea of tulips ruffling in a spring breeze. Perhaps the most beloved bulbs of all time, tulips come in endless combinations of color, shape and size. And they bloom at so many different times that you can plan to have tulips all season long.

Becky Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs knows just about every new and old variety on the market. We asked her to help us narrow down our search for the best of the best tulip bulbs. We organized them by category and included bloom time as well. Use this list to help choose your favorites for planting next fall.

Best Lily-flowered: Ballerina

Zones 4 to 8

Like long-legged dancers practicing pirouettes, these elegant tulips gracefully sway in the breeze on tall, strong 16- to 20-inch stems. Their sweetly scented petals, with blood-red exteriors and orange-and-yellow edges, may put you in mind of flickering flames.

Why we love it: It’s incredibly hardy, with a lengthy bloom time and striking colors.

Bloom time: Late spring.

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