After roses and chrysanthemums, tulips are the world's third most popular flower. They are cup-shaped, bright-colored, elegant flowers, with a smooth, green stem. Having been cultivated for about 500 years, they have their origins in Central and Western Asia. Tulips were first brought to Europe in the mid 16th century and reached Holland in 1570.
Many species are adaptable to different climates. If you want a beautiful patch of tulips in your garden, you need to care for them. You can also grow tulips indoors. The different types have been grouped into a number of official divisions by the Royal Horticultural Association of Holland. A few of them are listed here.
Double Early Tulips
These look more like peonies and have more petals. They are available in shades of white, pink, yellow, orange, and red and are best suited for container gardening.
This is the most important type. The bloom time is mid-spring. They are available in shades of purple, apricot, white, pink, yellow, orange, and red. They grow best when planted indoors.
Darwin Hybrid Tulips
The flowering period of this tulip is mid to late spring. The bloom is pyramid shaped and they are available in the shades of black, white, pink, yellow, orange, and red.
Single Late Tulips
The stem of these flowers is very long and the bloom is oval-shaped. They make wonderful border and bed flowering plants. They are available in the shades of white, black, yellow, and pink.
Fringed tulips are long-lasting and are available in shades of white, pink, apricot, yellow, orange, red, and purple. The bloom is a single cup with "crystal-shaped" fringes.
The blossom of this tulip resembles a lily. They are available in shades of white, apricot, yellow, orange, red, and purple. These are susceptible to heavy winds.
These flowers have an exceptionally long period of flowering capability. The alternate name for this tulip is "green tulip". The flowers of the type Viridiflora have a streak of green on the petals.
The petals of the parrot tulips are either twisted, curled, or waved. These flowers are large and bright. They are available in shades of white, apricot, pink, yellow, and orange.