For all you northern gardeners who are getting sick of waiting for spring, let’s take a trip down south, where spring color is in full swing!
Caroline Williams is enjoying her spring blooms in Louisiana. She has been gardening at her present location for 26 years. Each year comes with new problems; some of her solutions are successes, and some are failures, but one thing she has learned is to never give up—that there is more than one way to do a thing and that she must always try, try, and try again. This year she is especially proud of her tulips. She tried something different and planted them in an old bathtub; her reward is an awesome display of beauty. In the future, she will be planting more bulbs/flowers in old tubs or other creative containers.
A large saucer magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana, Zones 4–9) in full bloom presides over the old bathtub, which is overflowing with richly colored tulips.
Tulips do that rich scarlet shade so very well. In their native habitat, the wild ancestors of garden tulips use their red color to attract the beetles that pollinate their flowers. In the garden, that brilliant color works just as well to lure humans into cultivating them!
Bright orange, feathering gently into yellow.
A soft, delicate pink contrasts with the riot of colors around it.
This is perhaps my favorite color for a tulip—warm pink blending into orange, looking like some kind of exotic tropical fruit. It’s just the thing you need to celebrate the arrival of spring.
When it comes to tulips, more is more! Plant lots, and plant them close together like this so they can make one brilliant, over-the-top display.
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