|Early Tulips: Added Apricot Emperor Tulips |
to a large mass of early yellow Tulips and Daffodils
Putting in a few orange tulips was pretty effective for adding a little more interest to a nearly all yellow bed. These also went well with the few grape hyacinths scattered around.
|Late Tulips: Orangy 'Dordogne' with purple 'Cum Laude' |
and some mid-season 'Purple Prince' in the background.
Another combination I thought long and hard about was combining orangy and purple shades. In this example I used late season varieties (normally blooming in May). Some late season Daffodils in the background crank up the color intensity of this combination.
I really like the color of the 'Dordogne' tulip. I got a bunch of these bulbs and used them in several clients gardens. I had a few left over so I decided I should use them in my own yard. This is where the Oops comes in. Since I don't have too much extra space I looked hard for a place to put them. I finally settled on putting a few clumps under the Moss Phlox in the front border. This seem to be the perfect space. I imagined these beautiful tulips coming up through the mossy green foliage of the Phlox. At least that what I thought when I planted them in October.
It turns out that this tulip blooms at the same time as the 'Emerald Blue' Phlox. This is not a combo I would have consciously put together.
|'Dordogne' with blue Moss Phlox, |
not the prettiest picture.
|OOPS. Not what I expected last October!|
|Fiddleheads of Christmas Fern unfurling in front |
of some Large Flowered Bellwort and Twinleaf