Parrot tulips will never go out of garden fashion. Despite the fact that this class is one of the oldest, its varieties still look modern and even glamorous today. More and more fans of these bulbous favorites of April-May want to see flowers with beautiful “plumage” in their plots.
They are in demand for a variety of garden elements of the cottage — mixborders, borders, rockeries and garden vases, containers. True admirers of these varieties collect entire collections on their plots.
The main features of parrot tulips
1. 35-65 cm high, leaves 10-35 cm long, flowers cup-shaped or goblet-shaped, large, up to 11 cm in diameter.
2. Often uneven stripes, strokes of different shades, including green, “go” along the petals. Their edges are wavy or folded, often with irregularly cut edges, resembling the plumage of parrots. Flowers are characterized by wonderful metamorphoses as they dissolve.
3. Old varieties are characterized by 3 colors — red, yellow and green. Modern representatives of this dynasty amaze the imagination with a variety of colors from white, light pink to dark purple, almost black.
4. In some varieties, the peduncles are fragile, so they are not able to keep the flowers from lodging in rainy or windy weather.
5. Parrot tulips tend to bloom late.
6. They are very popular for flower arrangements, distillation and cutting.
So, if you are ready for an enchanting show of parrot tulips, then meet them!
Modern tulip: created in 2011. A thin peduncle up to 40 cm high bears irregular cup-shaped red flowers up to 12 cm in diameter. The edges of the petals are orange, there is a greenish shading along the back.
The variety is so self-sufficient that it does not need the company of other spring flowers. ‘Avignon Parrot’ was created for a solo party. He does not need any padding or edging from other spring flowers. It is very effective against the background of fresh greenery of young shrubs. In groups of 7-11 pieces, this variety can decorate any flower garden. Suitable for cutting.
An unusual tulip with strong peduncles up to 40 cm high. The flowers are goblet-shaped, up to 8 cm in diameter. On the light yellow petals, a green and crimson-purple pattern is noticeable, the edges with deep incisions.
Such a tulip in a yellow duet will be accompanied by Euphorbia polychroma. When the tulips bloom, the milkweed will completely cover their withering leaves. In contrast, this variety will look great with purple muscari in the foreground.
An irresistibly beautiful tulip was created in 1994. A thin peduncle up to 35 cm high is prone to lodging. The flowers are goblet-shaped, 10 cm in diameter, red, with a yellow border and deep incisions along the edges of the petals.
It is luxurious in the borders, where its beauty is revealed powerfully and vividly. If there is a shortage of bulbs of this variety in large-scale plantings, it can be combined with red and yellow tulip birds.
Despite the fact that the dark pink tulip was created in 1960, it is still popular today and is at the zenith of its glory. Thin peduncles up to 40 cm high bear goblet – shaped flowers with a diameter of 11 cm . A wide light pink border along the edge of the petals with shallow incisions gives them a special charm.
Blooms from the second decade of April. It is luxurious in flower beds, in cuttings and bouquets. Self-sufficient, does not need the company of other colors.
An unusual variety with strong peduncles up to 35 cm high. Each stem is topped with a cup – shaped lilac flower 6-7 cm in diameter . Petals with green backs, with wavy cut edges. Blooms from the second decade of April.
It looks exotic. It is so self-sufficient that it will be difficult to combine it with other flowers, so it is better to plant the bulbs in a separate group of 9-11 pieces. Also, tulips of this variety can be decorated with a seasonal border along the path leading to the house in the front area of the plot.
A bright original variety was created in 1986. Thin peduncles up to 40 cm high are prone to lodging. And this is perhaps the only drawback of the variety. The flowers are goblet-shaped, 11 cm in diameter, bright red, with green backs, with shallow incised edges of the petals.
Mid-late variety: begins flowering from mid-April. Beautiful in small groups in spring mixborders, bouquets.
Nominal grade. Created in 1960 . Strong peduncles 40 cm high bear goblet – shaped flowers with a diameter of 11 cm . Delicate petals are creamy-white, with green backs, slightly wavy along the edge, with shallow incisions.
This is an early bird: its spectacular flowering begins from the first decade of April. An interesting variety for planting in borders, groups in flower beds, flowerpots. Suitable for cutting.
Modern variety: created in 2008 Strong peduncles 36-40 cm high bear cup-shaped pink-red, more precisely, even crimson-pink flowers with a diameter of about 7.5 cm. The edges of the petals are wavy, curved, almost without incisions. The wonderful novelty of the tulip exhibition last year won the hearts of many.
A luxurious tulip for spring flower beds, borders. Beautiful in the cut.
Modern tulip: created in 2011. Thin, strong peduncles up to 45 cm high bear cup-shaped purple-crimson flowers with a diameter of 10-11 cm. The edges of the petals are wavy, with incisions.
Tulip of the mid-late flowering period: blooms from mid-April. In flower beds, he will certainly attract attention with his catchy beauty. It can be combined with white parrot tulips. Suitable for all elements of the seasonal design of the cottage.
A spectacular variety with strong peduncles up to 60 cm high. The flowers are cup-shaped, 11 cm in diameter, red-orange. The edges of the petals are yellow, slightly wavy, incised, bent inward.
This tulip can be used to decorate the trunk circle of a fruit tree. If there is a shortage of bulbs of this kind, planting can be supplemented with parrot tulips with red or yellow flowers.
A bright tulip with strong peduncles 40-60 cm high, bearing cup-shaped purple-purple flowers up to 10 cm in diameter. The edges of the petals are slightly wavy, curved and incised.
A late flowering variety. it blooms in the third decade of April. It will look good with white parrot varieties in spring mixborders, rockeries, garden vases. Suitable for distillation and cutting.
A beautiful tulip with strong peduncles up to 50 cm high. The flowers are 8-9 cm in diameter, bright red, petals with darker backs and strongly corrugated edges.
Blooms from the second decade of April. Self-sufficient in borders, mixborders, in seasonal design of barrel circles. Suitable for garden pots, distillation and cutting. A beautiful duet will turn out with white parrot varieties — ‘Super Parrot’, ‘White Parrot’ and others.
Stunningly beautiful tulip 30-50 cm high. Strong peduncles bear single flowers up to 11 cm in diameter, with a delicious delicate aroma. The petals are white, with a spectacular green shading that radiates from the center of the back. All the petals are heavily corrugated, not just their edges.
Suitable for all garden seasonal compositions. Good at cutting.
A real rarity! A tulip with strong peduncles 40 cm high bears goblet-shaped yellow flowers with a diameter of 10 cm. The edges of the petals are incised.
It is spectacular in compositions with red, orange, white varieties of parrot tulips in flower beds and borders. Suitable for cutting.
So our brief review of the best varieties of parrot tulips has been completed. I hope you enjoyed admiring their spectacular flowers and looked for applicants for places in your flower beds. Or maybe you already have parrot tulips growing? Then tell us about your “feathered” flowers in the comments.