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.
Have a garden you’d like to share?
Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!
To submit, send 5-10 photos to GPOD@finegardening.com along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.
If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.
You don’t have to be a professional garden photographer – check out our garden photography tips!
Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.
Get our latest tips, how-to articles, and instructional videos sent to your inbox.