The 25 Best Tulips for Your Garden

Among the most beloved bulbs, tulips also offer some of the biggest variety. Here are top choices to consider for your garden.


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Tulip 'Unicum'
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Unicum

    Perhaps the boldest tulip in spring, 'Unicum' offers screaming red-orange flowers and brightly variegated foliage.

    Name: Tulipa praestans 'Unicum'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: This species tends to reliably come back every year, bears many blooms per stem, and has gorgeous cream-striped foliage.

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Fusilier

    A showstopper each year in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden, 'Fusilier' produces a bouquet of red-orange blooms on each stem.

    Name: Tulipa praestans 'Fusilier'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: This variety tends to reliably come back every year and bears many brightly colored blooms per stem.

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Estella Rijnveld

    We wait for late spring to roll around each year so we can enjoy this fantastic parrot tulip. Its bold red flowers are cut, fringed, and twisted, as well as streaked with white. It's tulip perfection.

    Name: Tulipa 'Estella Rijnveld'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's one of the most eye-catching varieties we've ever seen. It's also a great cut flower.

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Black Parrot

    Of the coolest hybrid tulips, parrot types are some of our favorites because of their fantastically fringed and twisted petals. 'Black Parrot' is an especially nice choice with dark purple blooms.

    Name: Tulipa 'Black Parrot'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's one of the most dramatic, showstopping tulips available. The deep, dark blooms add mystery to the spring garden.

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Montreux

    What a way to kick off spring! This early bloomer offers double, ivory-yellow flowers in the softest shade imaginable.

    Name: Tulipa 'Montreux'

    Bloom Season: Early to mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: Its double flowers look like golden peonies. They add a soft, romantic element to the garden.

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Angelique

    Perhaps the most elegant of tulips, 'Angelique' bears double, soft-pink flowers that look like peonies.

    Name: Tulipa 'Angelique'

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It offers gorgeous color, a great fragrance, and sometimes perennializes well.

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Zurel

    A boldly colored triumph-type, 'Zurel' offers rich purple blooms with white streaks.

    Name: Tulipa 'Zurel'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has strong, sturdy stems; phenomenal color, and is great for forcing for indoor bouquets.

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Prinses Irene

    It's an odd color combination, but it works: 'Prinses Irene' offers orange flowers with purple markings. It's an eye catcher!

    Name: Tulipa 'Prinses Irene'

    Bloom Season: Early to mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 14 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's beautifully fragrant and uniquely colored.

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Burning Heart

    It's no wonder striped tulips were among the most valuable during the Holland's tulip-mania in the 1600s. 'Burning Heart' is an exceptional selection with creamy blooms streaked with bold red.

    Name: Tulipa 'Burning Heart'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones:4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: Its brightly striped blooms are great for cutting or in the garden. It's also a great forcing variety.

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Sweetheart

    A fosteriana tulip, 'Sweetheart' offers creamy ivory flowers tipped in bright white.

    Name: Tulipa 'Sweetheart'

    Bloom Season: Early to mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a strong grower and combines easily with other bulbs (here it's shown with 'Mercato' daffodil).

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Big Smile

    After growing this tulip, you'll understand why it earned its name. The big, golden-yellow flowers are perfect for cutting and a fun way to close the tulip season.

    Name: Tulipa 'Big Smile'

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has large flowers and a wonderful color. It's an eye-catching variety that really stands out.

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Tarda

    Among the cheeriest of tulips, this wild species offers thin leaves and golden flowers with white-tipped petals.

    Name: Tulipa tarda

    Bloom Season: Early spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: Because it's a species tulip, it tends to reliably come back every year.

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Tubergen's Gem

    This little variety is a gem -- the outer petals are a rich red and the inner petals are sunny yellow. It's particularly delightful in the sun when the petals open wide.

    Name: Tulipa clusiana 'Tubergen's Gem'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 10 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a very low-maintenance variety that provides lots of color every year. You don't have to replant it!

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Linifolia

    It's hard not to fall in love with this precious species. It bears bright red blooms early in the season; as the flowers open, they reveal a dark, purple-black splotch at the base.

    Name: Tulipa linifolia

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a low-growing wild type that perennializes well so you can plant and enjoy.

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Lilac Wonder

    A charming tulip with a wonderful soft-pink color, the blooms open to reveal a bright yellow blotch at the base.

    Name: Tulipa saxatilis 'Lilac Wonder'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a good perennial variety that often blooms more and more each year.

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Kolpakowskiana

    A relatively unknown tulip, this species offers small, bright yellow flowers. An added bonus: It often produces more than one bloom per stem.

    Name: Tulipa kolpakowskiana

    Bloom Season: Early to mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: This species tends to reliably come back every year and offers a bouquet of blooms on each stem.

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Turkestanica

    A wild species that's a great naturalizer, this species bears creamy blooms with golden centers.

    Name: Tulipa turkestanica

    Bloom Season: Early spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It often produces several flowers to a stem, has a nice fragrance, and comes back every year.

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Persian Pearl

    This colorful little beauty offers magenta-rose blooms that bear a bright yellow center that's revealed on warm, sunny days.

    Name: Tulipa humilis 'Persian Pearl'

    Bloom Season: Early to mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has great, rich color and tends to bloom better every year.

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Queen of Night

    A dark purple bloomer for late spring, 'Queen of Night' offers some of the darkest flowers found in a tulip.

    Name: Tulipa 'Queen of Night'

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has deep, velvety-purple flowers that are perfect for cutting or in the garden.

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Negrita

    Though it's not as darkly colored as its name suggests ("nigra" means black in Latin), the purple color looks great in the garden with almost everything.

    Name: Tulipa 'Negrita'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's an especially good cut flower with strong stems. It also forces well.

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Burgundy Lace

    With a beauty all its own, 'Burgundy Lace' has deep wine-red blooms that offer fringed petal edges. It blooms in late spring.

    Name: Tulipa 'Burgundy Lace'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The rich color looks great against most other spring colors and the crystalline edges give it a special touch.

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Fancy Frills

    This beauty offers rose-pink flowers with delicately fringed edges. It's especially elegant paired with blue grape hyacinths for a fantastic color combination.

    Name: Tulipa 'Fancy Frills'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The lacy petal edges work perfectly with the soft pink color.

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Menton

    This classic variety bears pinkish-red flowers shaded with orange and salmon tones.

    Name: Tulipa 'Menton'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It offers large flowers that are great for cutting and a unique color.

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Pink Impression

    An all-around great variety, 'Pink Impression' bears rose flowers with varying shadings of pink.

    Name: Tulipa 'Pink Impression'

    Bloom Season: Mid spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a top-notch cut flower with strong stems, great color, and really big flowers.

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Red Riding Hood

    This wonderful greigii-type tulip bursts into bloom producing bright red blooms that absolutely scream that winter's over.

    Name: Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood'

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-6

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The bright red blooms are a great contrast to the mottled purple foliage.

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