Tulip season is here! The beautiful, iconic tulip is undeniably the most popular spring flower. People have been cultivating and breeding tulips since the beginning of time, or so it seems. The number of tulip varieties are endless, with parrot tulips being a top favourite with gardeners.
Parrot tulips are the largest and showiest of them all. Their feathered petals look like the colourful, flamboyant bird they were name after. These beautiful flowers are valued for their ruffled edges, big blooms and tall stems, making them excellent cut flowers!
Compared to regular tulips, parrot tulips are usually appear later in the spring, around May. There are over 120 different varieties. These big beauties can grow to a height of 12″ to 24″ tall. They come in a variety of vibrant colours, with many of them bi-coloured. Some are even scented!
Parrot tulips would look amazing in any garden, especially in as a border plant. They are easy to grow and drought tolerant. In the fall, plant the bulbs in a sheltered area, avoiding extreme winds, rain and cold temperatures. Plant bulbs about 3 inches apart. It’s a good idea to plant the bulbs deep for added stability and to deter hungry animals.
They tend to cost more than regular tulips, but these show-stoppers are worth the extra cost!
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