This is Part VII in a series of blog posts about the tulip growing trial I carried out last year. Just a little reminder that almost all of my tulip bulbs came from the New Zealand mail order bulbs supplier Bulbs Direct, whose generous discount made it possible for me to carry out such an extensive growing trial encompassing 49 different tulip varieties, including singles, peony and parrot types. If you haven’t yet ordered tulips and are wanting to plant them this season, there’s still time. Bulbs Direct still have a great range available on their website. Beware that popular varieties tend to sell out quickly so make sure you order your tulips (and other spring bulbs) when the catalogue is first launched, which is usually around mid-January. You can sign up to their free newsletters and follow them on Facebook so you are notified when the spring bulbs catalogue first becomes available.
In this blog post, I will concentrate on single flowering purple tulips.
Single flowering purple varieties
Last season, I planted the following single purple tulip varieties:
This is one of my absolute favourite, top performing tulips. Last year was the first season I grew it, as it was a new release. It is simply beautiful as you can see from the picture (at least in my opinion). But I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks so, as Alibi sold out on the website in no time at all. It is a beautiful shade of lilac purple, with medium stems. Alibi flowers early in the season.
Cum Laude is an early flowering purple tulip.
Saigon is an outstanding tulip. It flowers early in the season and has long stems. Highly recommended.
This is a mid-season flowering single purple tulip. It is beautiful and has long stems.