Among my favorites in the Spring flower garden are tulips, no doubt. And as part of my fun planting adventures, I went with something a little different than the typical pastel colors that are popping up all over our neighborhood as the daffodils fade away.
Last Fall I planted Queen of the Night Tulip bulbs.
We just bought our house a couple of years ago and we really didn’t have any tulips coming up in the Spring, besides a few red parrot tulips that were smashed in next to the grapevines. Those were a tasty treat for the deer apparently, so I really didn’t see much of them.
Keeping in mind that spring bulbs can be pricey, I just bought 1 bag of 10 bulbs, with plans to add a little bit more each year. I was delighted when 13 flowers came to life! (Thanks, Burpee.com!)
They are quite tall and elegant! I wanted a burst of rich color in my front landscape, but I failed to keep in mind that this Dwarf Japanese Maple fills in quickly early in the Spring. Not the best backdrop for these babies.
While they are quite stunning up close, my garden design #fail has pretty much zero curb appeal.
I was expecting a true black shade, but the blossoms are more of a jewel-tone burgundy that blends with the maple foliage when looking at them from a short distance.
In direct sunlight, they show off their vibrant color.
But, if you look down into the center or notice them on a more overcast day, they are bold and dark. My husband jokingly calls them my goth tulips. Haha!
I’m making a mental note to plant lighter colored tulip bulbs in the Fall to add some drama as I expand this space in the Spring flower beds. What color would you choose to cozy up next to these bold beauties?
Stay tuned for a special post on Deer-Proofing Tulips (which is a must in my neck of the woods) coming soon.