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The many shapes and shades of the Tulip have helped to make it one of the most popular spring flowers. A familiar sight in British gardens, Tulip bulbs are so versatile that they can be planted with any other spring bulb, as well as having multiple uses in borders, patio pots and flowerbeds.

 

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Equally useful in the garden or the vase, planting tulips in the autumn will give you a guaranteed display of vibrant colour throughout the spring.

 

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Uses

  • Bedding and borders
  • Pots and Containers
  • Naturalising (some varieties – see below)
  • Cut Flowers

 

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Top quality bulbs supplied – bulb sizes are stated on each individual varieties product page. For help with planting you can browse our helpful video tutorials with our plant expert Jeff Turner here.

 

 

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Varieties

There are a lot of different types of Tulip to choose from, each boasting their own unique qualities.

 

Double Early Tulips

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These are dwarf growing varieties that flower prolifically in April through to early May each year. They produce massive peony-like flowers with delicate and brilliant colours which are very effective in flower beds and borders, and make a lovely cut bouquet. Double Early Tulip bulbs are supplied as top quality bulbs ready to plant in autumn and flower in spring.

 

Double Late (Peony) Tulips

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Double Late Tulips flower later than most Tulip varieties, usually from late April into May. They produce giant peony shaped flowers on very sturdy stems of around 40-60cm and look spectacular when used as cut flowers. Double Late Tulips bulbs can be planted in autumn and will flower in spring. A really beautiful and unusual Tulip!

 

Fosteriana Tulips

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Fosteriana Tulips, also commonly known as the (Emperor Tulip) are chosen for their brilliant oriental colours and large flowers, creating a startling effect wherever planted. Sensational flowers on very stocky stems, perfect for a sunny border. Flowering in April/May every spring.

 

Fringed Tulips

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Fringed Tulips (also known as Crispa Tulips) have a very compact habit with extremely sturdy stems that produce colourful and vibrant flowers which have unusual fringed edges that give a ruffled effect. Flowering a little later than some Tulip varieties, they add colour and charm in late April into May. Height 50-70cm.

 

Giant Darwin Tulips

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Darwin Hybrid Tulips were developed by a crossing of Darwin and Fosteriana Tulips, creating this premium type that produce the largest Tulips on the market. They produce vibrant coloured Tulip flowers on tall erect sturdy stems and the flowers are especially long-lasting. Perfect for cut flower arrangements!

 

Greigii/Kaufmanniana Tulips

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Greigii and Kaufmanniana Tulips are colourful and exciting dwarf growing botanical Tulips which grow to only 20-25cm tall, producing unusual glossy green or mottled foliage that look stunning grown in any area within the garden. Greigii and Kaufmanniana Tulips flower earlier than many other short stemmed Tulips, from as early as March onwards into April. Try planting in rows along a path, driveway or in a flower bed, where the sturdy stems and bright colours will easily catch the eye.

 

Lily Flowering Tulips

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Lily Flowering Tulips produce spectacular Flute shaped flowers that produce gracefully reflexing flowers, all on tall and very strong stems. They are particularly useful for cut flower arrangements and look amazing as part of a flower bouquet. Also known as Fluted Tulips.

 

Multi-Headed and Praestans Tulips

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Multi-Flowered Tulips are one of the most popular and effective Tulips for flower bouquets where their amazing variations in colours, coupled with strong stems allow them to really make a statement. They produce three to six flower heads per stem offering great value for money. Praestans Tulips are a popular botanical Tulip producing 25-30cm flowers which are a great naturalising bulb that multiply profusely.

 

Parrot Tulips

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Quite possibly one of the most unique but equally splendid Tulip varieties has to be the Parrot Tulip, producing giant irregular shaped flowers with petals that resemble the feathers of a tropical Parrot. Flowering from April into May, Parrot Tulips really do produce some of the most beautiful colour shades and are excellent for bedding purposes, where they can create an exotic look and feel.

Rembrandt Tulips

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Originating back to the time of Rembrandt, when Tulips were first introduced to Holland, Rembrandt Tulips are a combination of colours used to create a flamed effect that will delight almost like a flicker of a rainbow. Modern Rembrandt Tulips bulbs are 100% virus free and produce streaky bi-coloured blooms from May onwards. Height 50cm.

 

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Single Early Tulips

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Single Early Tulip bulbs are a traditional dwarf growing Tulip with a smaller habit than many varieties, but just as effective when grown in groups in a border or rockery. They are excellent for bedding and are one of the earliest of all Tulip types to flower outdoors in spring. Height 30-40cm.

 

Single Late Tulips

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There is probably no Tulip more versatile as the Single Late Tulip, commonly referred to as a Cottage Type of Tulip. Single Late Tulip bulbs produce very bright coloured large blooms on long, graceful stems. A wonderful variety grown for their beauty and attractiveness, with no cottage garden in spring being complete with some of these.

 

Species Tulips

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Tulip Species bulbs, also known as Dwarf Botanical Tulips, with their fascinating colours are natives of Asia Minor. These beautiful varieties are highly recommended for rockeries and borders, while also being suitable for patio containers and pots.

 

Triumph Tulips

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The Triumph Tulip is a result of a crossing between two premium varieties, Single Early and Darwin varieties. One of the largest range of Tulip varieties, Triumph or mid-season Tulips as they are known produce outstanding outstanding colours, with a very strong neat habit. A superb Tulip for planting in large groups in the border, flowerbed or also in patio container pots.

 

Viridiflora Tulips

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Viridiflora Tulips are one of the most elegant and stylish bi-colour Tulips on the market. Viridiflroa comes from the Latin words ‘viridis’ meaning green and ‘flos’ meaning flower. Combined together they represent the wonderful blend of colours we have come to love from this popular Tulip. Each Viridiflora Tulip bulb has a certain degree of green blended into each flower and is colourful enough to brighten even the darkest day in spring.


 

Top Ten – Ground Cover Perennials

Top ten ground cover plants to get you covered in 2017!

 

We’ve picked our top ten choices for this year – including some reliable old favourites and some exciting new varieties. Sorted in order of flowering season.

 

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Phlox subulata

 

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Flowers April-May. Also known as creeping Phlox these are invaluable groundcover, ideal for trailing over walls or rockeries. No pruning required!

 

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Aubrieta

 

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Flowers April-May. Left to spread naturally Aubrieta are a delight in early spring.
 

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Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost

 

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Flowers April-May. Expansive silvery foliage with sprays of pretty blue flowers – this is a great option for a shaded spot that needs a bit of cover. Good pest resistance.

 

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Helianthemum (Sun Rose)

 

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Flowers May-June. Also known as the Rock Rose, these sun loving sprawling plants flower prolifically through the summer, each bloom lasting only one day.

 

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Sedum Kamtschaticum

 

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Flowers May-July. A mound of glossy green foliage with buttery yellow flowers in summer.

 

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Campanula Carpatica

 

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Flowers May-August. Masses of stunning violet blue bellflowers formed in clumps – an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and perfect for suppressing weeds.

 

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NEW for 2017 Sedum pulchellum Sea Star

 

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Flowers May-August. Robust and unusual low growing perennial. Sprays of thin glossy green leaves cover in pale pink star-shaped flowers.

 

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NEW for 2017 Lewisia Cotyledon Mixed

 

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Flowers May-August. A colourful, hardy perennial also known as bitter root. They like good drainage and full sun – perfect for rockeries.

 

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Prunella Grandiflora

 

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Flowers June-July. Evergreen foliage with pink or white flowers in June and July, very effective as ground cover.

 

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NEW for 2017 Aster ericoides Snow Flurry

 

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Flowers September-October. A new aster that makes great ground cover, smothering weeds with the dense needle like foliage and producing masses of daisy like flowers. Very tough and easy to grow.

To browse our full range of Ground Cover Plants please click here

 

 


Its competition time!

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We are thrilled to launch a brand new Spring Bulbs Photography competition for 2017. For your chance to win up to £100 worth of J Parker’s vouchers send us your best photographs of spring bulbs growing in your gardens this year.

 

Your image can be of any spring flowering bulb, so long as it’s your own original image of a variety purchased from us. Examples include Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Iris, Muscari and many more, any J. Parker bulb in flower in your garden before 30th June 2017.

 

For a little inspiration check out previous winners in our competition galleries for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

 

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How to enter

 

There are three ways to enter:

 

 

All entries will be considered and you can enter as many times as you wish before the competition deadline – Competition closes 30th June 2017. Winners will be notified by email before the 7th July 2017.

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of up to £100 worth of J. Parker’s vouchers.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on social media or in print.
  • Entrants agree that their names may be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image. The Judge’s decision is final.
  • The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any products currently offered by J. Parker’s. This cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize.
  • All varieties of spring bulb will be considered, but only those purchased from J. Parker’s will qualify for the competition prizes.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Twitter or Facebook page.
  • As an extra thank you all entries will receive a 15% discount on their next purchase, valid for three weeks.
  • All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 30th June 2017. Winners will be notified by email before the 7th July 2017.

 

March Plant of the Month – Aubrieta

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Nothing creates a carpet of colour like an Aubrieta in early spring! These fantastic, very low growing plants range from deepest vibrant shades to the palest almost white hues in a range of violets, purple and pinks.

 

The traditional single Aubrieta produce dainty four-petalled flowers over mounds of hairy foliage.

 

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They used to be a common sight on rockeries, although rockeries are a less common sight themselves these days. They are very eye-catching trailing over walls and can even be grown in containers and will last right into May.

 

Named after Claude Aubriet, a French botanical painter they are commonly known as Aubretia. They grow in the wild in Europe and Central Asia.

 

 

Planting

 

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Aubrieta are quite happy in most soils and can handle a little shade, but for the best results they like alkaline soils and a position in full sun.

Trim right down after flowering to around half its size and you’ll get a fresh growth of foliage for the summer followed by masses of new flowers in the spring. Apart from that they will happily look after themselves for the rest of the year.

 

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For more tips on planting watch our video tutorial with plant expert Jeff Turner on growing Aubrieta HERE.

 

Products

 

Single flowered Aubrieta – we supply these as 5cm module plants and have a really great special offer on them at the moment – 6 Aubrieta plants for just £2.99 – click here for details.

 

Aubrieta Red Cascade

 

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Clusters of dainty red-pink single flowers form a strong mat of colour throughout April and May. A fully hardy variety this is such useful and versatile plant in the garden. Fabulous at the front of the border or in rockeries it’s also great for containers. Loves full sun but will tolerate some shading and is an ideal plant for dry, chalky areas. An ideal plant for growing on slopes or up walls. The Royal Horticultural Society has given Red Cascade their Award of Garden Merit. Height 10cm, spread 60cm.

 

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Aubrieta Blue

 

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Sweeping clusters of dainty blue-violet single flowers form a strong mat of colour throughout April and May. A fully hardy variety this is such useful and versatile plant in the garden. Fabulous at the front of the border or in rockeries it’s also great for containers. Loves full sun but will tolerate some shading and is an ideal plant for dry, chalky areas. An ideal plant for growing on slopes or up walls. Height 10cm, spread 60cm.

 

Looking for something a little bit different….?

Double Flowered Aubrieta. If you’re already a dab hand with Aubrieta why not try these lovely new double varieties?

 

Aubrieta Double Pink

 

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Lovely lilac-pink double flowers with a dainty yellow centre. A great low maintenance creeping perennial plant that will quickly produce a thick mound of extravagant ground cover. Ideal for rockeries and borders, will also grow well in containers. Although it will tolerate partial shade, Aubrieta is happiest in full sun light in well-drained soils. 3cm diameter jumbo plugs supplied.

 

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Aubrieta Blue Beauty

 

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A beautiful vibrant double flowering Aubrieta. This royal blue Aubrieta will spread rapidly, producing a mound of dense ground cover. Ideal for the border, overhanging walls or in rockeries, loved by bees. . Aubrieta is naturally suited to cool climates so is at its best in the spring, it will thrive if you plant it in well-drained sweet (or alkaline) soils in full sun. Try planting with Helianthemum (Sun Rose), another brilliant creeping ground cover plant that will flower in summer when the Aubrieta starts to decline. 3cm plug plants supplied.

 

Companion plants

Aubrieta prefer cooler conditions so will start to look bedraggled as the summer draws in so choose a ground cover plant that will cheerfully follow it and enjoy the warmer weather!

Here’s a selection of some great ground cover plants that like similar conditions to Aubrieta and flower from May.

 

Helianthemum Sun Rose
Helianthemum Sun Rose A hardy shrub like perennial that’s great for rockeries or filling a gap at the front of a border. Flowers May – June.

 

Geranium Cinereum (Jolly Jewel Night)
Geranium Cinereum (image of the Jolly Jewel Night variety) A colorful, compact plant perfect for suppressing weeds. Hardy and disease resistant. Flowers May to September.

 

Sedum Kamtschaticum
Sedum Kamtschaticum A great rockery creeper, producing a mound of glossy green leaves with star shaped yellow flowers – really good for suppressing weeds. Flowers May – July.

 

Cerastium (Snow in Summer)
Cerastium (Snow in Summer) A rampant creeping mound of flowers that will grow anywhere – even in very poor soils. Flowers form May to July.