Darwin Hybrid Tulips
These modern varieties are a cross between Darwin and Fosteriana. The rounded flowers are the largest yet introduced. Most striking when planted in clumps in the border etc.
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A highly popular, much-admired Darwin Hybrid, ‘Apeldoorn’ is renowned for its superb, oval-shaped flowers held on long, strong stems. The exceptionally large blooms are draped with cherry red petals, lit from below by a golden base and punctuated by a prominent black centre. These striking tulips have a bold presence when planted in sweeping drifts amongst borders, and when arranged an abundant display in large containers. A gentle vanilla scent will add an extra dimension to your enjoyment of ‘Apeldoorn’. With Fosteriana as one its parent varieties, this long-lasting tulip returns well each year as a perennial bulb.
With brilliant, mandarin-red petals edged by a broad blaze of amber, ‘Apeldoorn Elite’ radiates a warm glow to illuminate your spring display. The enormous, long-lasting, egg-shaped blooms are carried on impressively long stems, making them a fantastic cut flower for bouquets and floral arrangements. These Darwin Hybrids make an eye-catching statement when planted in generous groupings amongst borders and in large containers. ‘Apeldoorn Elite’ has proven its prestigious status with the accolade of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, testament to its reliability and high value in the garden.
Gaze wistfully upon the mesmerising blooms of ‘Daydream’ and you will feel transported to a world of delight. Plump buds emerge lemon yellow, gradually unfurling and transforming to apricot orange. The sizeable flower heads are held upright on strong, elegant stems, perfect for snipping to fill vases around your home and to give as gift bouquets to friends. These wondrous tulips are spectacular when planted en-masse amongst borders and in large container displays. This Darwin Hybrid is a reliable perennial bulb and has earned an esteemed RHS Award of Garden Merit for its excellent performance and vigour.
With luminous, clear yellow petals subtly flecked with crimson and contrasting against a black base, ‘Golden Apeldoorn’ will bring a beacon of sunshine to your garden, even when the skies are grey. The substantial flower heads are anchored by sturdy stems which can withstand wind and rain. Plant in swathes throughout borders and fill containers for brilliant impact. Elongated stems and bright spring colours also make ‘Golden Apeldoorn’ an excellent choice for floral arrangements. Prized for its reliability, this Darwin Hybrid will return again and again in a sunny spot, bringing joy for many years to come.
The pure petals of ‘Hakuun’ – meaning ‘white cloud’ in Japanese – are reminiscent of pillowy, cumulus clouds billowing against a blue sky. Planted in blocks amongst borders and containers, this tulip creates a blanket of spotless, snow-white blooms which sparkle in the sun and gleam in the moonlight. This impeccable variety boasts giant flower heads, perched on extraordinarily long stems, making for an exquisite cut flower. Reliably perennial, this Darwin Hybrid will re-emerge year after to grace your garden with its soft, pearlescent glow.
The beguiling blooms of ‘Ollioules’ begin rose-pink and fade to silvered ivory edges as they mature. The ombre-effect petals match the soft pinks of cherry and apple blossom which emerge around the same time. Create a gorgeous, delicate display by planting these bulbs in drifts amongst borders and grouping them within containers. One of the best varieties for floral arrangements and bouquets, this Darwin Hybrid boasts long, graceful stems and enormous, eye-catching flower heads. Never failing to perform, ‘Ollioules’ has been granted an RHS Award of Garden Merit. These versatile, robust tulips are classed as perennials, reappearing in abundance each season.
Blazing with glorious colour, the deep yellow petals of ‘Olympic Flame’ flicker with crimson streaks. The real Olympic flame is a symbol of strength, resilience, and the advancement of human civilisation, kept alight for the entirety of the games. Likewise, this eponymous tulip is robust and long-lasting, and can be used to great dramatic effect. The colossal, bi-coloured blooms are carried on sturdy stems, held aloft like the Olympic torch itself. ‘Olympic Flame’ has been bestowed with the horticultural equivalent of a gold medal – the RHS Award of Garden Merit – and will stand on the podium of your garden with pride.
The shapely, showy blooms of ‘Pink Impression’ are bound to make a stunning impact in your garden. With their silken petals of deep cerise fading to pale, ballet slipper pink, these rosy hues are set off beautifully by silver-green foliage. The immense flower heads are borne on long, lithe stems, making them an outstanding variety for floral arrangements and bouquets. ‘Pink Impression’ is ideal for large scale planting to create swathes of strong colour amongst borders and containers. Flaunting an RHS Award of Garden Merit, this Darwin Hybrid is an excellent all-round performer, apt to return for several years as a perennial tulip.
With petals of peach suffused with coral pink, overlaid with a shimmering mother-of-pearl sheen, ‘Salmon Impression’ has a soft, romantic air. This enchanting variety boasts super-sized flower heads which are held firmly on strong, lofty stems, resistant to British weather despite their delicate appearance. The beauteous blooms are long-lasting both in the garden and in the vase, making them equally fantastic as cut flowers to enjoy indoors. Blooming a little earlier than other Darwin Hybrids, this variety is likely to return for several years as a perennial bulb. ‘Salmon Impression’ is a first-class tulip to elevate your spring borders and container displays.
Originally bred for the World Tulip Summit as a symbol of universal peace and kinship, the primrose blooms of ‘World Friendship’ offer a sense of harmony and tranquillity. Whether planted in swathes throughout borders or dotted amongst containers, these Darwin Hybrids provide a gentle glow like a ray of pale dawn sunlight. The stupendous flower heads are secured by long stems which are steadfast even in wind and rain. These charming tulips make wonderful cut flowers: celebrate the wonder of ‘World Friendship’ by presenting loved ones with a bouquet of these blooms to show them that you care.
Darwin Tulip World Friendship Mixture
Pairing the fresh, lemon sorbet yellow of ‘World Friendship’ and the bright pop of ‘Pink Impression’, the Easter-egg tones of this ‘Two Tone Mixture’ are the perfect celebration of spring. Chosen carefully for their identical flowering time, height and flower shape, this combination will add lively cheer to your borders and containers. The goblet-shaped, super-sized flower heads are held on strong stems which will not waver, even in inclement weather. This collection provides you with a ready-made blend of cut flowers to fill vases around your home and create gorgeous bouquets to give to family and friends.
Darwin Mixed Hybrids
With a vibrant blend of enormous blooms carried on towering stems, this mixture of Darwin Hybrids will pose a commanding presence in your garden. Blooming simultaneously, this assortment has been specially composed with varieties to complement and enhance one another. A glorious selection of brilliant yellows, reds and oranges, these tulips provide a riot of colour to fill borders, containers, and vases. Bearing all the hallmarks that make the darwinii so prized, these varieties are strong, reliable, and impressive, with long-lasting flower heads and a tendency to return each year as a perennial bulb. A superb collection for creating hassle-free impact.