Twisted Tulips for Garden and Landscape

Twisted Tulips for Garden and Landscape

The world of tulips is immense, but amidst the most beautiful flowers in the world are some really twisted varieties.  They won’t appeal to everyone, but for certain design styles, these bulbs can turn a good spring garden into a forld class affair.

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Sometimes perfect upright tulips are too rigid for modern design.  The ability to juxtapose twisted flowers and stems against the sharp lines of sleek surfaces creates a dynamic contrast.  Parrot tulips produce these very unusual petals with bold stripes and broken colors along with frilled edges.


For lovers of rich reds and the luxurious interiors with their silks and satins, dark antique furniture and heavy drapes, Rococo is an ideal choice.  Intense color combined with striations produces a true Old World look.  As flowers open their form disintegrates to create even more exotic shapes.  This is a real man’s tulip.

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She is named China Town, and this beautiful flushed beauty is most feminine.  Tulip centers in a rich sap green are edged in magenta then lighten to pale pink.  Planted into beds of perennials and shrubs, their large flowers, casual form and vivid colors are perfect for that coveted cottage garden look. 

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