Garden manager Sandra Gerdes has some eye-popping tulip-and-other-stuff combinations going right now in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Garden in Des Moines. What’s great about these is each has an “I could do this” quality. Let’s look at just a few of them.
Here, she’s staged the pink and white tulip ‘Ballade’ in front of a clump of ‘Geranium’ daffodils. The pink of the tulips jumps while their white petal tips and yellow centers blend with the colors of the narcissus.
This spectacular grouping catches everyone’s eye. ‘Gold Heart’ bleeding hearts pair with ‘Apricot Impression’ tulips for a blaze of color.
‘Apricot Impression’ figures heavily in this combination too. This time the tulips – just a foot or so away from the previous pairing – join up with their ‘Pink Impression’ cousins and the new-grown foliage of an early hosta.
This ‘Fringed Elegance’ tulip keeps complementary company with ‘Jack Frost’ brunnera. The tulip’s long, springy stem holds the lemon-sorbet blossom above the blue of the brunnera, waving at garden visitors to “look at me.”
One of the Better Homes and Gardens garden editors’ new spring favorites is this ‘Henry Hudson’ tulip. Here, Sandra has paired the tulip that holds orange-red blossoms only inches above its leaves with the low-growing groundcover ajuga.