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 £23.95 Delivery late September
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90 bulbs 260319-90 £40.95 Delivery late September
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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:

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.

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 Single Early,

Single flowered cultivars, these have cup-shaped flowers approx 7.5cm wide and are some of the earliest to flower. Click here for more information about tulip groups.


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
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
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.

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 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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Venetian Tulip Collection reviews

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Reviewed 18th December 2020 by Caroline

I have not planted the bulbs yet

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Reviewed 18th December 2020 by Jacquline

Bulbs looked good when planted

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Reviewed 15th October 2019 by Helen

I was pleased to receive my plants well packed & in good health ready to be planted out. I like the fact that you include instructions for planting all your plants and bulbs.

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Reviewed 11th October 2019 by Helen

Large bulbs, and hoping for super flowers in the spring!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Emily

Love the colours and although the orange tulip bulbs hardly came out and were only about 5 cm tall. The other colours performed incredibly well and were all planted in the same conditions so not sure why orange bulbs were defective.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Heather

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diane

Stunning. I mixed them with wallflowers ( some of which are still flowering!)
Great quality bulbs and plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Rosie

Very poor, the worst tulips I have ever grown. The buds were tiny Nd often didn’t open and the stems very short. Extremely disappointing.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joanne

Most were fabulous. A few were poor performers. But only a few and conditions were odd this year.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

They were gorgeous - a lovely mix of rich colours and good sturdy plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by SUSAN

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Reviewed 16th July 2019 by Hello James

Great service. Beautiful display.

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Reviewed 12th July 2019 by Hello Neil

Service was great I was kept up to date after purchase. Really happy with them as all came up and looked amazing

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Lyndsay

Healthy looking plants well packaged. Looking forward to seeing how they perform.

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Bridget

I was a little disappointed because although the tulip bulbs were a good quality, the different varieties in each collection didn’t flower at the same time. They also varied quite a lot in height. The scented collection did have a good perfume though.

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Reviewed 11th July 2019 by Hello Jennie

Very good service as always but I thought the tulips were very disappointing this year, not the stunning display they've provided in previous years.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Marcia

Growth was poor, not the display I was expecting. Never had problems with tulips before. Curled leave and flowers that didn’t open.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Hugh

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello David

Really poor, I had 4 or 5 flower from the whole collection.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Laura

A good display of colour, however not as impactful as the best pale tulip collection. Orange parrot tulips were disappointing as they flowered at lot later than then rest and flowered on very short stems, they got lost in the boarder.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Alastair

Superb collection that I've now added to over 3 years. Beautiful colours without fail.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Suzy

Sorry to report that planted these in a pot and not a single one appeared! I've bought these in the past without problems so not sure what happened.

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Reviewed 3rd July 2019 by Carolyne

was really delighted with these, the colours were fantastic and they flowered for a long time. I would really recommend this selection, stunning and had lots of comments about them.

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Reviewed 29th June 2019 by Jacky

I expected there would be an equal amount of each colour but they were mostly purple, only a couple of orange
Angelique were fabulous
Alliums were good as well

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Melanie

I followed all the instructions but the bulbs made a very poor showing

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Hayley

Compared to the Perch Hill collection which i purchased these did not give such a good display- quite a few of those planted in a pot did not a actually flower.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Mrs Tribe

This year the Venetian Tulip collection and the Apricot beauty collection did not grow and flower properly. Not all the bulbs came up, most of one type came up disfigured and didn't open. I have complained, and you have kindly returned some money, but I am nervous of ordering the same again in August. Last year and the year before they were perfect, and I haven't changed anything. I will give you one more chance, but they are expensive bulbs and it can be utterly disappointing if they don't flower.
Your service and the purchase was fine.
I did send you photos, I hope you saw them.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Gill

They arrived speedily, and when they flowered they proved to be stunning tulips.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Christina

Excellent range of products, great communication, items well-packaged & delivered when expected. The tulips provided a beautiful display & I will definitely order from Sarah Raven again in the future & recommend to others.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Tim

Excellent service delivering high quality products

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Carol

Bit disappointed I order the Venetian collection each year, this year had the right amount of bulbs but one of the varieties were missing so my pot didn’t have quite the same impact.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Christine

I have had this collection before but on this occasion these bulbs weren't the same. I did contact Customer Services who confirmed my suspicions and I received a full refund so very satisfied with the outcome thank you.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by GILLIAN

Some years ago I ordered some lime green chrysanthemums but the ones sent to me turned out to be dark red. I was so put off by this experience I decided not to order anything else, altho' I had looked at the Venetian Collection many times. Last autumn I did order this collection of tulips but they bore no resemblance to the brochure pictures. Prinses Irene tulips were so short, in spite of being planted last, that the leaves of the taller tulips hid the flowers. Havan and National Velvet were the same shade of orangey red and then there were 2 tall bright orange tulips in each pot. The colours were so horrible I dug the whole lot out and threw them away before they had gone over. I had put together a list of summer plants to order but shall not be buying more. One mistake is unfortunate but two in a row is definitely not acceptable. I did ring and complain, and got a refund, but it is extremely disappointing.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Andrew

I treated the tulips as I have in previous years, bulb compost, a 3 layer bulb lasagne. The results were very disappointing. The growth was stunted and we hardly had any flowers.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Liz

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Susan

I love the Venetian collection and it came on time, they flowered

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Lynn

Beautiful colours and looked wonderful

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Sarah

The bulbs were excellent. They arrived when I expected them and in very good condition. The flowers were lovely and lasted well in pots by my front door.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Mrs Souden

Bulbs are always top class.Frilly purple tulip, tall,late,strong stem,lasted for weeks.Need to know its name for ordering again.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Lesley

Great quality bulbs. The blooms are really beautiful but high winds iand rain n the spring meant that they were short lived

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Henrietta

Magical colours which provided a long display.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Robin

Disappointing performance compared to last year

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Wendy

Good quality bulbs. I packed them tight in terracotta pots. And they put on a lovely show.☺️

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Vivienne

superb display and long lasting I gave some to a friend for her birthday and she was delighted

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