Toronto weather brought on a literal explosion of tulips in bloom (amoung other things) last week at the TBG. Here are a few standout combinations.
While Tulipa ‘Drumline’ (double late tulip) stands well on its own, it’s even better with Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’ (large-cupped daffodil), in the Entry Garden.
Walk just up the path toward the pyramidal oaks and show-stopping Tulipa ‘Akebono’ (double late tulip) a new Japanese introduction, is complemented by Tulipa ‘Orange Emperor’ (fosteriana tulip). I didn’t think anything could beat orange but Akebono has got me!
More of Tulipa ‘Akebono’ with T. ‘Orange Emperor’ – I must have taken a million photos! Hands-down this is my favourite combination.
Close up with Tulipa ‘Akebono’, you really see the detailed pink-edged creamy yellow with a hint of orange. No wonder I like it so much. And it goes so well with …
Purple! Specifically with Tulipa ‘Purple Dream’ (lily-flowered tulip).
Look on the opposite side of the path and Tulipa ‘Fringed Elegance’ (fringed tulip) in primrose yellow stands well on her own for now. In the background, Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ (Allium) is budding-up well.
Just before you approach the Arrival Courtyard, on the parking lot side of the entry walk you are met by Tulipa ‘Davenport’ (fringed tulip) with Narcissus ‘Actaea’ (poeticus daffodil) and …
… Tulipa ‘Flamenco’ (fringed tulip) which will open sightly later, completing the trio.
Look across the path for Tulipa ‘Charming Lady’ (double late tulip) a somewhat orange sherbet blend – very full & delicious. She pairs very well with …
Tulipa ‘Atlantis’ (single late tulip) that happens to be on the purple/violet side with white, and in the background Narcissus ‘Verona’ (daffodil) an all white late bloomer.
Tulipa ‘Jan Reus’ (triumph tulip) really pops when paired with Tulipa ‘Yellow Spring Green’ (viridiflora tulip).
Although there are more, one last pairing to share Tulipa ‘Cayenne’ (tulip) with Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ (tulip). Look for great pairing suggestions this fall from both Paul Zammit, Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, & myself.
Ok, well maybe just one more – Tulipa ‘Exotic Emperor’ (fosteriana tulip) en masse in the Knot Garden mixed with pure white daffodils.