A bunch of tulips
Species Tulipa tarda
I bought some species tulips to add some variety to the tulips we grow. The tardas and tukestanicas worked quite well and since they bloom at different times they very nicely extend the blooming season. The flowers are definitely not as large as most but they make up for size by having several blooms on each stem. The tardas naturalize easily and have expanded in the area planted. They are almost like a ground cover.
Species Tulipa saxatilis
We planted as many T. saxatilis as the tardas two years ago, but only very few survived. Unfortunate as the flowers are quite pretty.
We planted these inexpensive common tulips in drifts rather than in a line or rows which for some reason we have a tendency to do. Works quite well this way I think with groupings here and there.
And here are my favorite tulips, Angelique, although this year they decided to come up with a light yellow cast. They should be white with a pink blush. Nevertheless, a full and lush tulip. I wonder if they are reverting to the parents' color and form? These have been in ground for 3 years and are starting to get tired as many of the clumps did not do well this year. Deer predation didn't help and the cold spring may have contributed to the decline. A book I read on tulips mentioned that Angeliques grew too tall and the heavy flowers were easily bent by the rain and wind. We have not found that to be true at all. The stems are quite strong and we've not had any bent by the wind.