Tulip 'Cairo' and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

A dazzling, jewel-like mixture of the fragrant top-performing Tulip 'Brown Sugar' growing up through a carpet of amethyst 'Bowles Mauve'; two garden classics in one triumphant combination. More
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A dazzling, jewel-like mixture of the fragrant top-performing Tulip ‘Cairo’ growing up through a carpet of amethyst ‘Bowles Mauve’; two garden classics in one triumphant combination. This duo will put on a show, not just for one year, but with this short-lived perennial wallflower and relatively perennial tulip, on and on for more.

This collection contains:
Genus Erysimum, Tulipa
Variety Bowles Mauve, Cairo
Type Short-lived Perennial
Common Name Tulip, Wallflower
Border Position Container, Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 40cm (16in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant your wallflowers as soon as they arrive, 25-30cm (10-12in) apart and then in November slot the tulip bulbs (pointy end up using a long-handled bulb planter) all through them to a depth of 15-20cm (6-8in).
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 March - July
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper to hold them ramrod 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. If you prefer them bolt upright all the way through their cut flower life, poke a pin or darning needle through the stem, just below the flower and then remove the needle. This disrupts the very active area of cell division, where the main growth comes from after picking. The tulip then won’t develop a hanging head. I only do this with the whopper-headed varieties.
Harvesting Flower production: 5 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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