Planting bi-color tulips – The power of contrast
What makes candy canes so attractive? Is it their shape? Maybe. Is it their taste? Possibly. Is it their red-and-white pattern? Definitely! Sometimes things are simply better in contrasting pairs. Where would Laurel be without Hardy? What is summer without winter? Day makes night special, and night gives day meaning.
And the same goes for colors. One color is nice to look at but not very spectacular, three colors together quickly veers into rainbow territory, but put two colors together and they just POP. Nature understands this and has given flowers their bright colors to be more visible to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. And the ones that stand out the most? Two-toned blooms. Bi-color means to be-seen.
DutchGrown’s bi-color tulips
When it comes to flower bulbs, it’s especially tulips that have embraced the beauty and drama of bi-color blooms. At DutchGrown we like our flowers to wow people, and with this selection of bicolor tulips we feel we’ve definitely achieved the desired effect.
The earliest bi-color tulips
We begin the season with a double contrast: Not only are these two tulips two-toned, they’re also each other’s opposite. Tulip Banja Luka has golden yellow petals with feathery red edges, while Tulip Apeldoorn’s Elite sports crimson petals with feathery yellow edges.
Bi-color tulips in mid spring
Whereas the bi-color tulips of early spring were quite friendly in their contrast, Tulip Down Jones goes all out with vibrant, almost glossy red petals with a golden edge. Another bi-color tulip that takes red and yellow to a whole new level is Tulip Helmar, where the blooms have yellow, pointy petals with fiery red flames.
Next to yellow and red, white and purple is also a favorite color pairing. As its name already gives a way, Tulip Flaming Flag has white petals with lilac-purple flames. Tulips Cummins is very special with lavender-purple petals with frilly white edges, and Tulip Affaire’s petals are ivory white, with a broad purple border.
Mid spring is also the time when a third color combination blooms: red and white. Here we have opulent gilded-age flowers like Tulip Estella Rijnveld with blooms that look like a strawberry sundae, Tulip World Expression with snowy white petals with dramatic cerise flames, and Darwin Hybrid Tulip Candy Apple Delight, with long, rounded red petals with white edging.
Bi-color tulips in late spring and early summer
Towards the end of the season, bi-color tulips get pointy. Miniature Tulip Tinka has petals that are yellow on the inside and a tapering red on the outside, and hardy Miniature Tulip Clusiana Peppermint Stick sports raspberry red petals with ice-cream white edges. Elegant late bloomer Tulip Marilyn has very pointy white petals brushed with cerise, that open to the sun to give a lily-like appearance.
A box of bi-color tulips
All these stunning bicolor tulips bulbs can be yours at the click of a mouse. Just visit our website and order the ones you like best, and we’ll make sure you’ll get them at the optimum planting time for your area, guaranteeing a spring display that delights everyone who sees it.