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 Cottage-style: Yellow Present

Zones 3 to 8

At first blush, this tulip may not seem all that special, but it’s truly a gift to your garden. Very strong and stout, it stands up to tough weather on its 12- to 14-inch stems. And if you look more closely, you’ll see that its creamy yellow exterior and sunny golden interior make quite the pretty package.

Why we love it: It is one of the toughest Triumph tulips available and is more perennial than many others.

Bloom Time: Mid- to late spring.

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