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 Bicolor: Prinses Irene

Zones 3 – 8

Although orange and purple might not be an obvious color combination, this peculiar pairing works perfectly here. The very fragrant, outrageously bright blooms have a pale-purple flame rising up the center. The stately stems grow up to 18 inches tall and look lovely in a bouquet.

Why we love it: We’re crazy about odd color pairings, and this one is royally unique. Try it with Jolly Joker pansies, another orange-and-purple beauty.

Bloom time: Early to mid-spring.

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