Color-Coordinated Spring Bloom
Time your seasons of spring-bulb color with these recommended flower types.
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Tulipa 'Apricot Parrot', Tulipa 'Upstar', T. 'Queen of Night', T. Spring Green'
Each is a top-performer in the garden or the vase. Expect 'Apricot Parrot' to begin blooming first, quickly followed by the other three.
'Apricot Parrot' (parrot tulip) – This fragrant late bloomer presents a more flamboyant persona in the garden with ruffled, feathered petals reminiscent of tropical bird plumage. Each apricot flower is flushed and flamed with color ranging from creamy white to yellow, salmon-pink and soft green. It stands 16- to 18-inches tall.
'Upstar' (double late tulip) – 'Upstar' seems to be pink perfection in a late blooming tulip, but in fact it is a creamy white tulip that "fades to pink." This unusual effect occurs as the petals mature and broad bands of purplish-rose emerge to alter the flower's coloration. The peony-shaped flowers are borne on sturdy 18-inch stems.
'Spring Green' (Viridiflora tulip) – A translucent beauty of shimmering white flushed with pale green, this lovely green-feathered, ivory-white tulip strengthens the presence of its more stark dark-and-bright bloom partners. It is 20-inches tall, thus blooms right beneath the heads of 'Queen of Night'.
'Queen of Night' (single late tulip) – Introduced in 1944, 'Queen of Night' is still considered the blackest tulip ever bred. This classic cup-shaped tulip, 24-inches tall, is a velvety dark maroon or mahogany, depending on the light. In shadow the flower can appear to be pitch black.
Interior designer Susanne Hudson lists her favorite plants in her 3-1/3-acre garden.