Monday, May 7, 2012

Tulip 'China Town' in Cherry Corner Garden

Tulip 'China Town' in Cherry Corner garden with dark Heuchra 'Palace Purple' and variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
Tulip 'China Town' in Cherry Corner Garden with dark Heuchra 'Palace Purple' and variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
Another new tulip this year, Tulip 'China Town'. This one is in our Cherry Corner garden. (See map for garden location in our small town lot.)

Tulip 'China Town' is such a stunner. I have been looking to use it somewhere in our gardens for a while, but I just stuck on the idea of pairing it with variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander', last fall. It is perfect.

Tulip 'China Town' is a Green, or Viridiflora, Tulip. It has the frilly, wildness of a Parrot tulip and the green flames from its family, Viridiflora. (It is a relative of Tulip 'Virichic', another one in our garden this year.) And add to that white marginated leaves! Very few other tulips hold the distinction of white-edges foliage. Triumph Tulip 'New Design', Darwin Hybrid Tulip 'Design Impression', and Peony Flowering Tulip 'Carnival de Nice' are also in this exclusive club.
Tulip 'China Town' with white marginated foliage.
Tulip 'China Town' with white marginated foliage.
A wonderful spring planting combination:  Tulip 'China Town',  Heuchra 'Palace Purple' and variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
A wonderful spring planting combination: Tulip 'China Town'Heuchra 'Palace Purple' and variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
Tulip 'China Town'
Tulip 'China Town' opens into a wide flutter as the sun warms them up.
They are a longer lasting tulip as well. They began blooming here around April 16th (as a part of our early spring) and still look perfect this week, three weeks later. Highly recommended for an unusual tulip selection to add some interest to your garden in April and May. Try adding it to some white-variegated foliage, especially edged-leaves, and you will not be sorry!

12 comments:

  1. This is really a very pretty tulip. It is a nice combo of color.

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  2. It most certainly is a stunner! I just love the variegated foliage and that gorgeous soft pastel pink bloom! What a combination.

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    1. It really is different. I love the featheriness of its open petals... and the green striping... and the variegation. "Stunner" is well said.
      ~Julie

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  3. Great combination---you think of every detail!

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  4. This would be perfect to replace the white frilled edge tulips that were assocciated with Rosa Sceptr'd Isle. The variagated foliage would add interest to this bed which needs something extra in spring. Thank you, Christina

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  5. Really pretty tulip but the foliage is absolutely stunning!

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  6. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Makes my day. Sheila

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  7. Beautiful combo - I love that variegated loosestrife! Had never seen that before.

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    1. I love it too! It is a great 3 season plant: pink tinged shoots in spring, yellow flowers in summer, and white variegated foliage till frost. See more of it in my Feb 2012 post on Cherry Corner Succession planting.
      Julie

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  8. I love everything about this tulip....the different foliage and how the flower is framed in green...another for the list!

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  9. absolutely breathtaking. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden with us.

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