Tulip Challenge: Triples
Fancy getting really, really fancy? You can try the Woolly Green triple tulip challenge, or what Sarah Raven has coined the bulb ‘lasagne’. Oooh, not something to do with left over onions, it’s basically layering a mixture of varieties of tulips in a single container, so the effect is fabulous!
There are two ideas behind triple combinations of tulips: getting them to flower in succession for a gloriously long display, and/or choose varieties that look wonderful together for sheer impact.
It seems that Sarah is the queen of bulb lasagnes and she has a couple of really beautiful tulip collections, both which would work if you’d like to have a go.
Having spent hours looking for decent varieties and collections, etc., I’d say it’s worth taking some advice from someone who’s tried all types of things with tulips, so her selections are most likely to be winners
For impact, try her ‘favourite’ collection, which looks hard to beat, combining orange, redish pink and dark purple varieties, Orange Favourite’, Jan Reus’ and ‘Black Hero’ respectively.
If you’d like a mixture that will give you a decent flowering period too, try the ‘Venetian Collection’ a mix with “Prinses Irene’ ‘Havran’ and ‘Couleur Cardinal’ - all deep colours that will flower throughout April and May.
Use the same planting technique as you would for double tulip mixes making sure that the tallest variety is at the bottom.
Don’t forget to water the tulips well, particularly at the beginning when the root systems are forming and if it looks like there’s going to be a persistent frost, chuck a bit of bubble wrap over them if you haven’t got time to carefully snuggle them all in cotton wool
Happy tulip challenge! Can’t wait to see your pictures