Quite possibly one of the most unique but equally splendid Tulip varieties has to be the Parrot Tulip, producing giant irregular shaped flowers with petals that resemble feathers of a tropical Parrot. Flowering from April into May, Parrot Tulips really do produce some of the most beautiful colour shades and are excellent for bedding purposes, where they can create an exotic look and feel.
The award-winning Tulip Apricot Parrot is sure to be a winner in your late spring garden. Its giant blooms feature apricot petals with a feathery look provided by their wavy fringed edges. Green and yellow stripes brushed randomly onto the petals increase the striking effect created as the cup-shaped bloom opens so wide it seems to be laying its large petals on a flat plate for you to fully appreciate their beauty.
Plant tulip bulbs in late summer or autumn. Tulips will grow well in any moist, well drained soil, except for particularly wet soils. Choose a sunny position that is sheltered from strong winds. When planting tulip bulbs avoid shallow planting as this may reduce the winter cold period that is essential for tulip bulbs to produce flowers in spring. Plant them at a depth of 15cm (6") and at a distance of 13cm (5") apart.