In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost, to the season, to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms ranging from ranunculi to rose. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every "flower Friday."
Ahh, tulips—a beacon of spring and incredibly versatile, these blooms are an all-time classic. But, they can also stand out as an incredibly modern statement depending on the arrangement and the type of tulip. As with most flowers, there are a ton of hybrids and special varietals, but there are a few types of tulips that stand out as our favorites. Parrot tulips are superstars with their curly petals, and fringed tulips look just like they sound—a delicate fringe rounds the edge of each petal. Rembrandt tulips (named after the Dutch painter) are striped and magnificent (fun fact: they originated because of a virus spread by aphids), and double tulips are super full and lush—much more so than typical single-petal tulips.
Early to late spring is when they’ll be at their peak, but depending on where you live you can most likely pick up some varieties year round.
Depends on the variety and color—but tulips can feel preppy, classic, or garden-y.
Almost any color you can imagine, and many types are multi-colored! There are dramatic shades of black, maroon, and deep purple tulips as well as brights and pastels.
It depends on the variety, but tulips are on the lower side price wise per stem.
They can last up to 10 days after they’ve been cut as long as they’re properly taken care of (fresh water, trimmed leaves, etc).
It works well with...
We’ve seen tulips paired well in full, romantic centerpieces with lush flowers like peonies and garden roses, but they can also work well as a stand-alone mono-fleur. The only thing to be wary of with a bouquet of only tulips: some varieties tend to be quite droopy and can end up looking a little sad. If you choose a show-stopping variety like the Rembrandt tulips, make sure your florist incorporates more innocuous flowers so the arrangement doesn’t get too busy. But if they’re just using small, single-petal tulips, the blooms will almost act as a filler flower, just adding a little movement if they’re a bit droopy.
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