Tiny species tulips bring outsize delights

Every day in spring, I search the entrance to my wooded garden, looking for signs that Tulipa tarda may soon appear. The bright yellow and white blooms of this tiny tulip open up each day to catch the Sun’s rays and spread cheer.

T. tarda is one of the many varieties of species tulips, sometimes called “wild” tulips. Although typically not as showy as their tall hybrid relatives, these smaller tulips have a lot going for them:

* Most come back every year.

* Single bulbs often multiply to create generous clumps.
* Several varieties can be grown easily in all gardening regions. Continue reading “Tiny species tulips bring outsize delights”