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What a fantastic tulip – with the best colour of true, rich crimson and the most elegant flower shape. A very long flowerer too.

Four or five years ago on a visit to Holland, Sarah was shown this variety – a blend of her favourite things, lily-flowered shape and dark, rich colour – and asked if she would like it named after her. And of course she said 'Yes'!

About 15 years ago the process began of breeding this tulip – different varieties were chosen for their particular features, and then crossed again and again to create a stunning hybrid. The strongest and healthiest performer was chosen to grow on, and then 'Sarah Raven' was grown in the fields in Holland until there was a large enough crop of bulbs to offer to our customers.

For more information about this variety, watch Sarah's introductory video.

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.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Lily flowered
Variety Sarah Raven
Type Perennial
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 12/+

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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 Plant outdoors 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
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.

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 | 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...

Introducing Tulip 'Sarah Raven'

Sarah introduces the tulip that she has championed in the fields of Holland over the last few years, explaining why she loves this particular tulip...

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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Tulip 'Sarah Raven' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jacqui

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Helen

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Annette

Polite efficient service and excellent quality plants and bulbs

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Reviewed 15th July 2019 by Hello Fiona

Beautiful colour and shape

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Debbie

Beautiful bulbs Great display

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello

Only 4 bulbs flowered and they were very small.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Jill

Bulbs were well labelled and packed . Sarah Raven tulips are beautiful but the background makes a difference because they are dark and rich.

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Reviewed 27th June 2019 by Janet

The most elegant lily-flowered blooms of lovely dark colour, which contrasted well with 'Spring Green' tulips.

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Reviewed 27th June 2019 by Clare

Looked fabulous in pots. Will use again.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Helen

The bulbs provided a beautiful display ,they were carefully chosen To be planted with silver foliage.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Hilary

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Elizabeth

Bulbs arrived in good condition and they were beautiful in bloom. Tall and flowered for some weeks.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Marjorie

As before the bulbs are excellent.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jill

Beautiful flowers but not all in the right position. Dark tulips are tricky to place

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Mrs Griffiths

Every thing looks perfect
All the bulbs have done really well and looked, and some still are a picture in my garden

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jenny

Healthy, in good condition, and very good size. Flowered for a long period.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Marie

These flowered fine and in contrast to those that were poor.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by John

On time delivery and good quality bulbs. Great flowers.

Tulip Sarah Raven its gorgeous

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Reviewed 18th April 2017 by Steven Marston

I spotted this tulip just after I had ordered my tulips for the season from a big supplier, but the colour of this one seems unique and is a beautifully velvety dark maroon colour which looks great with its lily shape. Long-lasting too- its just finished. Last week I was at Keurkenhof and did not see a tulip as nice as this. Did you breed it yourself or have you renamed a known tulip?