BrightSquare: Mixing Tulips

Mixing colours of tulips: purple, orange and yellow

This bold, bright planting of tulips mades me think of how gardeners often paint with flowers. Just three varieties have been chosen for this colour palette in dark, mid and light tones for contrast.

The maroon tulips are tall, the orange ones are shorter, and the creamy yellow ones are shorter still, creating a colour block effect at the bottom. Above that is a radiant heart with the darker blooms seeming to float over the whole.

My sweetheart says that tulips are short-lived in his part of the world, but in Northern England, fussed over by Royal Horticultural Society gardeners, most of these will be back, year after year. Most likely they’re flowering about now in a bold new combination. For after all, there’s no right and wrong when it comes to mixing flowers, no matter what anyone tells you. Planting bulbs is all about trying things out, finding what pleases you and having a little fun in the process.

Even if the tulips had been one shot wonders, they still gave visitors to Harlow Carr good reason to smile as long as they lasted.

37 Replies to “BrightSquare: Mixing Tulips”

          1. hope so 🙂

            In meantime MrB muttering about how the windowsills are disappearing under courgette plants, tomatoes, sunflowers and numerous other seedlings!!

  1. Oh, my! That color combination just jumped out at me. I was especially drawn to the maroon tulips. And your sweetheart is right. Across the pond, tulips must be planted every year. Plus, critters like to eat the bulbs. Eventually, I gave up. But sure do enjoy seeing those beauties.

  2. I think I’d have to bring a chair and just sit there and stare. That’s a lot of impact, and to be savored. I applaud madly your philosophy of gardening: no right or wrong way, experiment, have fun. This photo is like the exclamation point at the end of your philosophy. It’s like eye coffee!

    1. It’s a really good time. If you go, don’t miss the newish area with the spring flowers. You go past the ice cream place and over to the other side of the stream, then follow the path between the old exhibition building and the toilets up the hill just ten or twenty yards or so and turn left.

  3. I love these – thanks for giving me some tulip joy. In my garden they don’t last long at all because deer get them when they about 3-4 inches above ground. They don’t even let them bloom before they eat them. I plant daffodils.

    1. I am sorry about that. I am always excited to see wild deer here but am starting to understand that even in the woods they can do a lot of damage.

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