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Getting Started With Tulips (page 4 of 4)

by Michael MacCaskey

Tulips to Combine with Other Bulbs

Plant the lower-growing bulb (listed first) in front of the taller one (listed second).

'King Alfred' daffodil with 'Couleur Cardinal'
'Maureen' (white) with Fritillaria persica
'Mrs. John T. Scheepers' (yellow) with Fritillaria persica
Muscari armeniacum with 'Hamil 'Blue Spike' with 'Couleur Cardinal'
'Queen of Night' (maroon) with Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea'
Tulipa sylvestris (yellow and green) with Muscari latifolium

Tulips to Combine with Perennials

'Beauty of Apeldoorn' with basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis)
'Maureen' (white) with brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla)
'Mrs. John T. Scheepers' (yellow) with Siberian wallflower (Erysimum hieraciifolium)
'Orange Emperor' with leopard's bane (Doronicum cordatum)
'Sweet Harmony' (yellow) with 'Blue Bunting' columbine
Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder' with blue fescue (Festuca ovina 'Glauca')
Tulipa pulchella (red) with Waldsteinia ternata
Any of the Double Early tulips with forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)
Any of the medium-long white or soft yellow tulips with forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)
Most any tulip with white candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Tulips to Combine with Annuals

In warm regions, plant annuals at tulip planting time in fall. In cold regions, wait until weather moderates in spring, or when you first see tulip buds emerge from the soil.

'Angelique' (pink) with 'Imperial Pink' pansy
'Menton' (pink) with 'Carmine King' (pink) forget-me-not
'Mrs. John T. Scheepers' (yellow) with Chinese forget-me-not (Cynoglossum amabile)

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