Hybrid or Species tulips? Which is best for my garden?
Autumn is almost here, and its time to think about planting spring blooming bulbs.
We plant several types of bulbs in the fall: crocus, narcissus and tulips. Of those three, crocus, daffodils and species tulips will naturalize or “perennialize.” An important fact to know about urban gardening. There is not much space to create seasonal plantings, so many times bulbs are simply disturbed too often to come back the following year.
What are the differences between hybrid and species tulips? Species tulips most likely have smaller blooms and narrower foliage. Hybrids have bold colors and long large leaves.
Hybrid tulips are more used as annuals and create a burst of color in different time periods in the spring. Species tulips will hybridize but often are less conspicuous, spicing up a little corner or small centerpiece. Examples of species tulips would be Tulip tarda, originating from the mountains of China is only 5” high, yellow and white. Planted in masses it creates a beautiful meadow like effect.
Below are some examples of both hybrids and species tulips for you to choose from.
You will find that their early spring colors are enough to take the late winter blues away