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Let's Argue About Plants

Apr 7, 2023

Tulips are a lavish spring gift that any gardener can give to themself and to their neighborhood with just a little advance planning. Whether your tulip bulbs are pre-ordered as early as possible in summer through your favorite supplier, or purchased last-minute from the garden center just before the ground freezes, getting them into the ground this fall will pay big dividends next spring. Listen in as Danielle, Carol, and our experts talk about some tulip varieties that would be surefire choices for a spectacular spring display . 

Expert guests: Nick & Olivia Heltzel are the owners of Inch by Inch Permaculture in Wheelock, Vermont, where they grow tulips as a sustainable cut flower alternative for regional markets and events.


Danielle’s Plants

‘Claudia’ tulip (Tulipa 'Claudia', Zones 3-7)

'Alba Coerulea Oculata' species tulip (Tulipa humilus 'Alba Coerulea Oculata', Zones 4-8)

‘Spring Green’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Spring Green’, Zones 3-7)

‘Red Riding Hood’ Greig's tulip (Tulipa greigii ‘Red Riding Hood’, Zones 4-8)


Carol’s Plants

‘Princess Irene’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Princess Irene’, Zones 3–8)

Link to Irvin Etienne’s article, Bright Ideas for Spring Containers

‘Pretty Princess’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Pretty Princess’, Zones 3–8)

‘Lady Jane’ lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’, Zones 3–7)

‘Tangerine Beauty’ species tulip (Tulipa vvedenskyi ‘Tangerine Beauty’, Zones 3–7)


Expert’s Plants

‘Dreamer’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Dreamer’, Zones 3–8)

‘Pink Star’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Pink Star’, Zones 3–8)

‘Apricot Parrot’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Apricot Parrot’, Zones 3–7)

‘Verona’ tulip (Tulipa ‘Verona’, Zones 3–7)