In the spring, it is easy to spot beautiful displays of Tulips. One of the reasons for this is that apart from their stunning beauty, Tulip flowers are readily available, cheap and have a wide range of colors and forms. Most garden outlets and bulb catalogues sell Tulips garden arrangements in packets of mixed colors according to group or in packets of named individual varieties.
The large species of Tulips combine really well with forget-me-nots and wallflowers. They also can be used to great effect planted in scattered clumps among perennials or other bulbs.
The smaller species Tulips have a less choice of colors than the garden Tulips, but they have a more delicate form and are ideal for rockeries and container gardens, or the front of borders.
Types of Garden Tulips and their characteristics
Tulips are classified into 15 groups or divisions. There are a large number of large-flowered hybrids and these are classified into 11 of these divisions, according to flowering time, plant shape, flower size and form. Species and species hybrids make up the four remaining groups.
Below are the 15 divisions of Tulips:
|Division 1||Single Early Tulip||
|Division 2||Double early Tulips||
|Division 3||Triumph Tulips||
|Division 4||Darwin hybrid Tulips||
|Division 5||Single Late Tulips||
|Division 6||Lily-Flowered Tulips||
|Division 7||Fringed Tulips||
|Division 8||Viridiflora Tulips||
|Division 9||Rembrandt Tulips||
|Division 10||Parrot Tulips||
|Division 11||Double late Tulips||
|Division 12||Kaufmanniana Tulips||
|Division 13||Fosteriana Tulips||
|Division 14||Greigii Hybrid Tulips||
|Division 15||Species Tulips||
Popular Tulip Gardens
The most densely visited destination in Holland. A trip to the country is incomplete if it does not include a visit to the Keukenhof Park.
This park is unique, world famous, and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years. It is a place to see spring blossom.
They say such an abundance of colours and fragrances cannot be found anywhere else. Million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos. It is the known to be the most beautiful spring garden in the world!
Keukenhof facilitates the ultimate spring feeling with the wonderful works of art, the surprising inspiration gardens along with many flower shows.
More than 7 million Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom. It is generally open from mid March up until mid May.
The Tulip rage tapered off within a few years, leaving thousands of Dutchmen penniless. The economic scars of the Tulipomania were felt in Holland for decades. Still, the Dutch continued to raise their favorite flower.
Today, the Netherlands remains the chief source of Tulip bulbs for much of the world, with millions cultivated each year. The total value of Dutch horticulture approaches a quarter-billion dollars annually!
Sherwood Gardens was created in the 1920's by John W. Sherwood, a local petroleum pioneer and conservationist. Begun as a hobby, and planted by Mr. Sherwood with Tulips that he imported from the Netherlands, the gardens have become known as the most famous Tulip garden in North America.
Approximately 80,000 Tulip bulbs are planted annually along with other spring flowering bulbs. Dogwoods, flowering cherries, wisteria and magnolias bloom throughout the garden. One will also enjoy the brightly colored azaleas and old English boxwoods.
The garden has always been in full bloom towards the end of April and beginning of May. Adding to the beauty and uniqueness of the present day garden are the numerous varieties of rare trees.
During the mid-summer months the beds of the gardens are planted with masses of annuals thanks to the adopt-a-plot effort of the Guilford Association.
More than six acres in size, Sherwood Gardens has no gates, fences or other barriers. The public may stroll at leisure through the grounds. There is no admission charge or reservation required.