Tradescantia virginiana and T x andersoniana are

ideal for a mixed or herbaceous border Many plants combine well with them, including border geraniums and Campanula lactiflora Prltchards Blue

Each flower is IQcm ¡.4 in) wide and ralher like a double paeony The colour range 'S wide including good purple varieties, as well as red violet, pink and yellow ones Division 3 —Mendel (38-5Ocm/ 15-20in]: These flower later than the previous types, with rounded 50-13cm (4-5in) wide blooms on somewhat slender stems. Colours include white and red as wen as yellow They look like a cross between single early types and Darwins.

Division 4—Triumph (up to 50cm/ 20irs .i in mid-spnng these bear angular-looking 10-I3crn (4-5in) wide tlowerson strong stems There are lovely lilac-flowered varieties, as well as red and pink ones Division 5—Darwin Hybrids [60-75cm/2-2lift) These have some

01 the largest and mosl brilliant flowers, up to 18cm (7in) wide they appear during mid-spring There are multi-coloured forms, as well as purple, red. orange and yellow varieties

Division 6—Darwin i60-75cm/

2 2yt] These are extensively used in bedding schemes, producing rounded llowers up to 13cm (5mJ wide in late spring There are some excellent purple varieties, also yellow white pink and red ones. Division 7 —Lilv-ftowered 45 60cm/1'j-21t]: These are characterized by the narrow waists ol their flowers, also by the pointed petals that curl oulwards as much as 20cm (8m) during mid-spring They look especially attractive when massed in bedding schemes. Colours include white, orange, red, yellow and multi-colours

Division 8-Cottage (up lo 90cm/ 3ft) This old grouping has oval or rounded flowers 10-13cm (4-5in) wide in mid-spring The petals sometimes have a hint of (ringing, and are looser than those of other varieties. As well as litac, flower colours Include green white pink red and yellow.

Division 9-Rembrandt 75cm/ 2';ft) These tulips all have broken colours. The rounded I3cm (5 in J wide flowers display vivid splashes of colour on the petals during mid-spring Base colours include violet, as well as brown, white orange red yellow and pink

Division 10—Parrot [45-60cm/ l!4-2ft) These bear flowers up to 20cm (8m) wide tn mxJ-spring, easily recognizable by their lealher-like heavily-tringed petals The colour range includes brilliant white, pink orange and yellow, as well as some lovely purples.

Division 11 —Double Lale (45-60cm/W 2ft) These have very large and showy double flowers, similar to paeomes and up to 20cm (8m) wide. They remain In flower tor a long period during mid-spring. There are some stunning vioiei varieties as well as white, orange pink red and yellow ones There are also multi-coloured forms, with stripes and edgings. Division 12—Kaufmanniana varieties i l0-25cm/4-l0in] These have been developed from Tuhpa kaufmanniana. and have fine-pointed ftowers thai open nearly flat, giving the appearance of water-lilies They appear in spring on sturdy stems and are ideal lor fronts of borders, rock gardens and containers. Most have two coloured flowers Division 13—Fosteriana varieties (45cm/in) These are derived from Tuhpa fosteriana and display large blunt-ended ftowers m reds and yellows in mid-spring Division 14—Greigli varieties (25cm/l0in) These are mainly derived from Tuhpa greigii. and produce brilliant red yellow and near-white long-lasting ftowers during mid-spring Cultivation: When growing tulips in the garden, select well-drained soil, preferably facing south and in a sheliered position Plant the bulbs 15cm (6in) deep during early winter spacing them 10-15cm (4-6in; apart. Remove dead flowers and dig up the bulbs when the leaves lurn yellow However ifthe bed is needed earlier dig up the bulbs as soon as flowering is over and heel Ihem into a trench until the foliage has yellowed and died down

Propagation: l'he easiest way is to remove the buib offsets clustered at the bases of Ihe bulbs Plant these in a nursery bed and leave Ihem to develop mto tiowermg-sized bulbs

I-or a blue and gold display try the dark blue Darwin tulip (Division 6) La Tulipe Noire with Ihe orange Siberian Wallflower Cheimnthus x allion» Golden Bedder' For extra shades of blue, add a lew Forget me-nots (Myosotis)

For a mixture ol creamy-whiteand blue, try plantings bed with the mauve-blue Parrot tulip [Division 10) Blue Parrot. dark purple Darwin tulip (Division 6) Queen of Night and Ihe Wallflower Ivory White

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