|Tulip 'Ice Stick' in the sunny Hill Garden. (March 22, 2012)|
Most species tulips perennialize better than more highly bred cultivars, which means that they are tulips that are more likely to return to bloom again next year, maybe even for many years to come. All tulips like a good baking in the summer months, so they are not likely to return in damper areas. Most tulips are native to Turkey and its surrounding countries.
I planted Tulip 'Ice Stick' in the sunny and well-drained Hill Garden with clumps of Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre'. These three bulbs work so well together in early spring. In fact, I planted them my own garden after choosing them for a friend's garden and drooling over her blooms for numerous years. This year, they were in Gilmore Gardens as well!
|Tulip 'Ice Stick' closed up on an overcast day, still showing its pretty purple flames one the outside. (Photo March 21, 2012)|
|Tulip 'Ice Stick' fully open to the sunshine. The white petals, purple flames and yellow center make room for so many spring combinations!|
|Tulip 'Ice Stick' with Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre'. Try it will daffodils, near purple leaved bushes, or under a white-blooming ornamental tree. Here in the Hill, it has all of those partners at its disposal.|
|Tulip 'Ice Stick' with Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete'.|
|Tulip 'Ice Stick' with Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete', open to the sun on the Hill Garden. It bloomed quite early this year, with these photos being taken March 22nd. Last year it bloomed at mid-April. (See it in GBBD April.)|