Brighten Up Some Shade Tulip Collection

We trialled lots of tulips in the garden last spring and this combination of ivory, primrose, gold and crimson stole the show. More
20 bulbs 261002-20 £14.95 Delivery late September
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40 bulbs 261002-40 £25.95 Delivery late September
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We trialled lots of tulips in the garden last spring and this combination of ivory, primrose, gold and crimson stole the show.

This collection contains 5 or 10 bulbs each of:

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Our bulb collections will be supplied with each variety bagged individually. To reduce waste, we no longer collate these into a second larger bag. Your delivery paperwork will list details of the collection you have ordered and the varieties included. Our bags can either be recycled or composted (please check bags for details).

Group/Species Darwin Hybrid,

Single-flowered cultivars, long-stemmed, flowering in April/May. Huge, goblet-like flowers up to 15cm across. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Lily flowered, Triumph

Single-flowered cultivars, stem of medium height, flowering in mid-season. Good lasting properties. Conical flowers, up to 7.5cm wide. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
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 October - December
Care Tips Don’t plant tulips until mid-late October. Plant pointy end up 10-15cm deep, 8cm apart in borders (less in containers). You can use a mycorrhizal Bulb Starter. After flowering leave the foliage to die back naturally if you want to reuse the bulbs.
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
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.

Gardening at home with Sarah | May Tulips

Sarah shares her favourite tulips for companion planting, growing in shade and pots.

Gardening at home with Sarah | The best tulips at Perch Hill

In our latest video, Sarah shares her favourite tulips for picking, pots, borders and grass.

Gardening at home with Sarah | Tulips at Perch Hill

Watch as Sarah discusses her favourite varieties currently growing in the gardens at Perch Hill.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

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

How to plant and grow tulips

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

How to plant tulips using a traditional bulb planter

On a particularly blustery autumn day in October, Sarah shows you how to plant tulips with a bulb planter.

How to grow tulips in container pots

Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.

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...

A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill

Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She...

Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

We had our first light frost this morning, which has made me start thinking about planting tulips...


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Brighten Up Some Shade Tulip Collection reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Richard

really do brighten up the darker pathway most impressive thoroughly recommend

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Isobel

This collection was a spectacular success. The tulips were in various shades of white, cream and yellow which glowed in a dark corner of my garden. Every tulip flowered and the size and longevity of the flowers were amazing. I have honestly never had such large and long lasting blooms...perhaps the shade helped but I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Janet

If this is the yellow wallflowers and gorgeous waisted yellow tulips, I loved it. Such beautiful colours and a joyful mixture!

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Pat

Great for under a tree. I planted them and Rembrandt under an apple tree and they looked amazing.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Jamie

Lovely long stems and really stood out amongst a lot of green

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Alastair

Did exactly as I had hoped in brightening up a dark corner that was transformed by this superb collection.

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Reviewed 5th July 2019 by Pamela

Perfect- our display looked just like the picture in the brochure

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Reviewed 3rd July 2019 by Carolyne

As with all the collection I purchased, I was very pleased with the results. They added a little lift to a dull corner of my walled court yard.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Barbara

I loved the collection and would buy again but at least one came up blind. This is probably because my garden soil is not brilliant and I think you need at least 2 packs to get any impact.
Your service is good, everything is well packed. Just one point - your e-mail telling me they were on their way usually arrives after the item, not before!

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Caroline

Suitably impressed as I didn't expect tulips would do so well in dappled shade. Once all the varieties got going it was quite an impressive display. I couldn't pick a favourite, but love the primrose yellows in the mix.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jean

Exceedingly good tulips

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Reviewed 1st September 2018 by Joanne Ferguson

Thanks to this fabulous collection, I've discovered a tulip I now can't live without: World Friendship. It's quite remarkable how well such a large, tall tulip keeps its shape and it is the perfect colour between Tres Chic and Yellow Appledorn. The inclusion of Gavota is inspired, however in both the years I bought the collection its flowers were smaller than the others. This year they will all go in the ground to see if that helps.

Gorgeous tulips

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Reviewed 27th May 2017 by Iulia Wright

Absolutely beautiful tulips that did well in partial shade. The ones that I planted in full shade did not work, only one out of ten actually flowered, and three more produced only leaves. They grow rather tall and strong, no support needed.

Brighten up some shade

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Reviewed 3rd May 2017 by Brenda Devlin

A lovely collection of tulips. I've grown these in a pot in the north of Scotland under really challenging conditions and they have come into flower this week, all at the same time, creating a beautiful display of lovely healthy blooms. I would go so far as to say these are the best tulips I have grown. Highly recommended.

Lovely Strong Flowers

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Reviewed 24th April 2017 by Oana Harrison

I was very pleased with this collection. It gave me really big strong flowers, much bigger than I expected .