What’s in Bloom: Check out our tulip combinations…

By | What's In Bloom | May 10, 2013 | 2 comments

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.



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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

  • Aldona

    Wow, Sandra–these are bee-yoo-tee-ful!

  • Hilde

    I saw them yesterday! Your photos are gorgeous. Thanks

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