Venetian Tulip Collection

This is the best ever tulip collection we've planted together in the garden and in pots in the oast house garden at Perch Hill. Wonderful! More
45 bulbs 260319-45 £19.50

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This is one of the best ever tulip collections we've planted together in the garden and in pots in the oast house garden at Perch Hill. Wonderful!

It flowers from April to May, and will brighten up your spring garden. All our tulip collections come with each variety in a separate bag, so you can decide exactly where to plant each colour.

This collection contains 15 or 30 bulbs each of:

Our tulip bulbs are the best and biggest we can find, from tried and trusted growers. Don't forget that tulips like to be planted late in October and November with the colder weather, and need a little watering if planted in pots.

This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. To add a gift message to your order, simply fill out the details at the delivery stage of the checkout.

Please note: only items which are showing ‘in stock’ can be gift wrapped.

You can also buy the collection ready to give in our lovely printed bag, showing our picture of the collection growing in Sarah’s garden. Or buy the bag on its own.

Genus Tulipa
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Front, Middle
Bulb Size 12/+

For more info on bulb sizes, click here.

Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Heavy Clay, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30-50cm (12-20in)
Spacing Plant pointy end up 10-15cm (4-6in) deep, 8cm (3in) apart. Layer bulbs to a depth of 25-30cm (10-12in) if room is tight. Remember to add plenty of grit if your soil is heavy. For containers, space bulbs 1-2cm (½-1in) apart if planting in a single layer, give them more room, 2-3cm (1-1½in) if planting in a bulb lasagne.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant outdoors October - December.
Care Tips Don't plant tulip bulbs until the cold weather has set in – this helps wipe out viral and fungal diseases. Leave the browning foliage on your tulips until every leaf has died right down – this allows the bulb to store more food and increases the chances of good flowering the following year.
Flowering April - May
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper to hold the stems ram-rod straight and leave to drink for at least 3 hours – or overnight. This helps keep the stems straight, but tulips do continue to grow after picking so curves may appear.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Top tips for growing tulips

Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use. 

How to plant and grow tulips

Find out the best way to plant your tulip bulbs for a great display next spring.

Protecting tulips from pests

Protect your tulips this spring from their main pests. This short guide shows you how to avoid tulip fire and squirrels.

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

Understanding the 15 different tulip groups

The full list of the different tulip groups, with a little specification, as well as an example. We hope from this you can learn a bit more to help...

Layering bulbs – How to make a bulb lasagne

Create beautiful flower displays in your spring pots with Sarah's guide to layering bulbs in a bulb lasagne.


Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

Click here to find out more information about our delivery rates and times.

Venetian Tulip Collection reviews

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Carnival in Venice

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Reviewed 27th October 2018 by Mr Thackeray

This is the fourth time I've ordered this collection. It is a lovely mix of rich, jewel-like colours. I plant them in two large stone pots at the front of my house and they never fail to impress. What's more, I lift the plants out of the pots when they've finished flowering and plant them directly into my front garden along the path and in the beds there. So every year I have an ever-increasing show of these sumptuous tulips.

Terrific Tulips

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Reviewed 25th April 2018 by Helen Wilson

I'm Very Happy with the results from this wonderful tulip collection
I planted them using the Layered method , the result were smashing

Venetian tulips in long tom pots

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Reviewed 23rd April 2018 by Judith Moorhouse

I bought the Venetian collection for the first time and planted in November in the ‘lasagne’ style as per Sarah’s instructions. They are flowering now and are truly sensational - such deep rich colours. I can’t recommend this selection enough.

Rotten bulbs

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Reviewed 11th November 2016 by Karen

This is the first time I have purchased bulbs from Sarah Raven having purchased plants in the past. I prepared to plant my bulbs and was very disappointed to find that 4 of one kind were very small and crumbled between my fingers. I continued to plant up my pots with the remaining bulbs but my display will be short of one tulip colour per pot. Quite disappointed really as the plants purchased in the past have always been healthy. Not sure I will purchase bulbs here in the future.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment regarding your bulb order. This does not sound like our normal bulb quality and this collection should not have been despatched to you, apologies it must not have been picked up when they were quality control checked at the warehouse. If you contact customer services we will send you replacement bulbs to ensure that you have a full collection."

Posted 21st November 2016

Beautiful collection will buy again

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Reviewed 27th July 2016 by Gillian Jones

Stunning selection of colours and very reliable. I planted in pots and they looked amazing.


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Reviewed 27th April 2015 by Shirley Sherratt

Although all my tulips haven't flowered (only one or two missing), I am so pleased with the results. This is the first time I have grown them and everyone has commented on how good they look. They have certainly brought a much needed boost of colour to my garden. I shall be buying more come the autumn!

Venetian Collection.

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Reviewed 25th April 2015 by Alan Carruthers

This is the second year that I have planted this collection, and am delighted to say it is every bit as good as last year! The colours are so vibrant they stand out on even dull days. They will be followed by your "White Collection" which I also think is absolutely fabulous. Well done to you all for such lovely collections. Kind regards. Alan Carruthers. Do you want a photo?

Exceptional colour mix

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Reviewed 25th April 2015 by Stella

I rarely plant tulips but was tempted by this rich mix of colours, and have been so pleased with the results. They look simply stunning in 3 pots in a corner of the garden, alongside white narcissi, blue muscari, and orange Euphorbia "Fireglow". The velvety appearance and striking colour mix of the tulips has been much admired. I am now looking forward to similar results with the dahlia collection!
Thanks for this inspired colour range.

Venetian Tulip Mix

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Reviewed 24th April 2015 by Joanna Knight

I have the most stunning display in my garden having planted lots of this collection. The mix of colours takes your breath away and everyone I know has commented favourably on them. People are visiting just to see them!
Thank you so much.

Venetian tulip collection

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Ann McGill

This collection of tulips is excellent. I planted them in three big pots, the colours are gorgeous. Very pleased with these strong healthy tulips.

A stunning combination

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Donna Sleeman

An elegant and sophisticated combination of jewel colours. Just Use some netting to keep the squirrels at bay when you plant them.


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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Linda

These tulips are really lovely. They are in pots in full sun and I was afraid with all the warm weather we are currently experiencing they would open and the petals would drop, like others in the past. Happily they have not and are set to last for ages. I am really pleased with them.

Venetian Tulip collection

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Helen Castle

I planted my Venetian tulip collection last October in troughs in my garden. They are just coming out and are absolutely beautiful. I hope they last a long time because I enjoy looking at them so much.

Venetian Tulips - colour explosion

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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Vicki

Wow. These are just perfect. The colours are dazzling and as each one comes up the display is even more spectacular.


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Reviewed 23rd April 2015 by Robert Gregory

My wife persuaded me that we should buy this collection. When they arrived we carefully selected three large pots and filled with the appropriate compost - a first for me as I usually use what I have to hand at the time!
We planted on two levels in each pot to get a good show from each display.
I have to say we have not been disappointed with the show, they really are a joy to us as we sit in the garden enjoying the current fine spell of weather. The colours are strong and vibrant and are not affected by the sun, which has bleached some other tulips we have in the garden.

We will no doubt be purchasing some more later this year when supplies become available - an excellent purchase!


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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Angela

This collection surpassed my expectations. The colour combination is perfect. I sat outside with a cup of coffee and just gazed at them. Anyone who wants a splash of rich colours can't go wrong with these.
Thank you for giving me so much pleasure!

Best Tulips Ever

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Claire

I have been growing tulips in pots for the last 4 years and these are the best by far. I could tell straight away that they were going to be good by the quality of the bulb. Strong, healthy plants with vibrant colours. Dare I say that they have done better than bulbs from one of the famous tulip growers who charge very high prices.

I followed the instructions according to the video on the website where Sarah shows you how to layer bulbs and also adds horticultural grit. It looks like loads of grit but chuck it all in and you will reap rewards. This has improved the performance of all my bulbs and our garden is having the best spring ever. I have used a palette of colours from Sarah's book, The Bold and Brilliant Garden and it works really well.

Now feeling anxious about how I am going to repeat the performance through until autumn :-).


Venetian Collection - Tulips

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by astrantiablack

I have grown the Venetian Tulip Collection mix this year in the front garden and they are stunning!! Spent lots for my tulips but worth every penny. Cannot wait to buy some more for next year. This combination is the best. I just stand there staring at them!!!!

Thanks to Sarah Raven's team. Sharon

Gorgeous Collection of Tulips

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Susie

I bought this collection last year for myself and a friend and we both loved the colour combinations. Lasted for a long time; really lovely. I am ordering again this year.


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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Mum2two

Such a beautiful collection of tulips. The colours go amazingly with each other. This is the second time I've bought this collection.

Best Selection We've Ever Had!

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by elliottalexander

We bought this "Venetian" bulb selection last year and they were stupendous - such unusual colour combinations that we would never have thought of, and at such a reasonable price. We are ordering them again this year - I couldn't stop looking at them!!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thanks Pru - we will pass on your comments to the team in Tunbridge Wells as they will be so pleased!"

Posted 10th May 2012