Tulips - A Guide to Tulip Flowers

"And tulips, children love to stretch
  Their fingers down, to feel in each
    Its beauty's sweet nearer."-- E. B. Browning, A Flower in a Letter

Tulips are mind blowing flowers – unique in style and sculpture - they are the third most popular flowers in the world, after roses and chrysanthemums. Cultivated for over 500 years and originating from Central and Western Asia, the tulip can be recognized after its cup-shaped flower and smooth greenly stem. Tulips come in a wide variety of vivid colors – red, pink, yellow, orange, purple. Although they seem simple and neat, tulips can form the most extraordinary arrangements and they can be part of some of the most fancy decorations in weddings. The tulip is also considered to be the national flower of Turkey inspiring passion, love, romance, and dreamy dreams.

The Tulip Flower

According to a Persian legend, the tulip flower first sprang from the blood drops shed by a lover, thus, tulips become a symbol of avowed love.

Tulips were often painted, drawn and also praised in poems and by the time they reached the borders of Europe they were already seen as the symbol of abundance and indulgence of the Ottoman Empire.

There is a story which says that the Ambassador of the Roman Empire sent tulip bulbs to Clusius, the famous Flemish botanist. He planted them all together and when they matured, his grocer cooked them with oil and vinegar. And so, even today there still are people in the world who cook various types of tulip bulbs.

The tulip flower became more and more popular throughout the years – and so, in the 17th century, the phenomenon of tulipomania began - French women wore corsages of tulips, people started quitting their jobs and started growing tulips and annual tulips festivals appeared.

In literature, the tulip is well presented in Alexandre Dumas' historical romance "The Black Tulip" where the first Dutch grower who can produce a black tulip is offered a reward.

Today, this bright colored flower called tulip is the loved symbol of Holland.

Tulip gardens are filled with delight! You can either grow a garden with multi-colored tulips or you can easily combine them with wallflowers or forget-me-nots, either way, your garden will look radiantly beautiful.

There are a few things you need to know about growing your own tulip garden:

  • First you need to relax - tulips are known to be one of the easiest flower to grow in your beautiful garden, so there is no need to panic!
  • Sun: When you plant your tulip bulbs you have to make sure that you pick a sunny place – tulips love the gentle touch of sun while growing.
  • Soil: Tulips grow best in a well drained, sandy alkaline soil – and if you follow this rule, they will grow in later years as well.
  • Watering: After planting, you must water the bulbs only if they are very dry, if not, there is no need.
  • Planting: Tulip bulbs must be planted in October-November so that they can bloom in spring and the depth in which you plant them must be about three times the size of the bulb.
  • Diseases: You must also pay attention to aphids – aphids love to eat your garden tulips so make sure you spray your tulips with an insecticide.
  • Caring: Another important thing you need to know is that after flowering, tulips must die down naturally – this will allow the new tulips bulbs to grow bigger, next year.

So, if you follow all these simple rules you will have by next spring the most wonderful tulip beds in your garden!

Tulips are wonderful vibrant flowers that form astonishing bouquets. With their perky and demure flower shape, tulips will bring brightness and a cheerful mood to anyone who receives your tulip bouquet or arrangement.

Tulips are simple but also sophisticated flowers that will send a clear message, for sure, no matter how you combine them.

  • For a bold statement, use colored tulips – red, yellow, orange, purple.
  • Use cream tulips with red tulips to express sophistication.
  • Create a fresh and graceful yellow and white tulip bouquet for your wedding day.
  • If you wish to send a message of love – red tulips are your answer as they symbolize the "perfect lover".
  • You can also use tulips bouquets to express request for trust or, most of the time, tulip bouquets or arrangements are perceived of being a love declaration for your dear one.
  • A yellow tulip bouquet will symbolize the fact that you are hopelessly in love and that there is always sunshine in your smile, meanwhile a cream tulip bouquet or tulip arrangement is the symbol of everlasting love.
  • Tulips can be combined with bear grass if you wish to create a fiery bouquet, and if you want a more sweet sixteen one, combine light pink tulips with roses and pink and purple hyacinths.

Tulips – a pocketful of dreams on your wedding day! A wonderful witty choice, a charming and lovely one as well for your wedding day!

Tulips make gorgeous bridal bouquets as they express perfect love!

  • If you choose tulips you must first choose their color – you can choose from yellow to pink, purple to red, bluish shades, white pure satin tulips and you can mix them with greenery, let them stand alone or wonderfully combine them with regal calla lilies or mini calla lilies in the bridesmaids bouquets (you can create wonderful round bouquets) posey ones or magnificent centerpieces.
  • Tulips go wonderful with silk – so use it in your wedding arrangements!
  • Remember tulips look great if you mix them with roses, daisies, lilies and even carnations, peonies, lavender or chrysanthemum.
  • If you are a more traditional bride, white tulips should definitely be your choice of wedding flowers as they look the purest and most beautiful in the hands of a perfect bride.
  • Tulips can be elegant but also very simple and classy if mixed with wildflowers – this is an option for a rustic wedding.
  • Tulips will surely brighten up any wedding arrangement – so use them wisely – for boutonnieres and corsages mix tulips with baby breaths or small flowers that will make them shine even more.
  • If you are an adventurous bride than go for colored tulips – from yellow to pinks, rich purples or ivory – tulips will make a statement of love on your wedding day!
  • If you choose to use single colored tulips in your wedding centerpieces you will have as a result sparks of color perfection as your wedding tulips will bring out the sunshine of summer and spring even in winter!

Tulips come in a wide variety of colors. Here are some tulips types:

  • White Tulip

    White tulips are a perfect choice for spring wedding bouquets, as tulips usually are related to love and they always seem to be just right in any context: they are not too big, not to flashy, always elegant and fresh. These white flowers in particular, express forgiveness, transmitting to their recipient: "I am not worthy of your love".

  • Pink Tulip

    The pink tulip was very fashionable in Europe, and especially Holland, during the 17th century. Among the pink tulip species, the most outstanding ones are: "Pink Dream", "Matchmaker", "Mistress" and "Jumbo Pink". When offering these pink flowers you show the receiver that you are truly caring.

  • Red Tulip

    The red tulip carries different meanings from the Freudian "perfect lover" to the Victorian "declaration of love". A Turkish legend places this red flower as the symbol of perfect love, saying that it has grown from the droplets of blood of a lovestruck prince whose beloved one has died.

  • Blue Tulip

    The blue tulip which offers the most vibrating shade of blue combined with cool purple is the "Blue Aimable" variety. Another variety of blue tulips which is as close to blue flowers as it gets is the "Synaeda Blue Tulip", whose petals are lavender blue with a thin white fringe.

  • Yellow Tulip

    Native from Turkey, the yellow tulip conveys messages of friendship on one hand and of hopeless love on the other. When offered as a gift, this yellow flower says: "There's sunshine in your smile".

  • Black Tulip

    The black tulip has been a challenge to hybridizers everywhere since the eponymous novel by Alexandre Dumas made a sensation in the 1850s. Although the black pigment cannot be naturally synthesized in plants, some of these tulips can be considered black flowers: the "Queen of Night", "Black Hero", "Black Diamond" and "Black Parrot".