Inspiring Tulip Garden Ideas

Every spring I always wish I had planted more tulips in the fall. So last fall I did indeed plant more tulips – but I fear it’s not enough. I adore masses of these spring beauties in the landscape and decided to share tulip garden ideas on the blog today.

Tulip Garden in the Landscape


Organize clusters of tulips by color in your yard. You’ll have impressive pops of color here and there.

Deep Pink Tulip Garden


On the flip side, you can mix all your bulbs up and plant them willy nilly to create a less formal cottage tulip garden.

Tulip Garden Ideas for Your Yard


Mix your tulips with other spring bulbs for a truly impressive landscape filled with color when the weather warms up.

Spring Bulb Garden Idea with Tulips and Hyacinths


There are so many varieties of tulips. Solid color. Striped. Double Tulips. Parrot Tulips with their feathery edges. Do you have a favorite?

Pink and White Tulips for a Spring Garden


My co-worker told me she planted 300 bulbs last fall! I only planted 100 and by the time I was done I knew it wasn’t enough. I guess I’ll add more every year so it’s not as time-consuming or expensive.

I like planting tulips with shorter greenery like this tulip garden by a picket fence. Once the tulips fade and the leaves start to turn brown, the surrounding plants hide the fading tulips. You don’t want to cut the leaves until they’ve completed wilted and died. The leaves help feed the bulb.

Red Tulips by a Picket Fence


An advantage to planting numerous tulips is that you won’t feel guilty cutting some of them to bring indoors!

Yellow and White Tulip Arrangement


Do you plant tulips in your garden beds? I’d love to know what type and color you have!


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  1. We’ve tried planting tulips but the deer just seem to think that it’s a picnic table set just for them. 😊

  2. I’ve tried several times to have tulips, but the squirrels and chipmunks dig them up for lunch. I have several outdoor community cats in my registered colony who show their loyalty by keeping the chipmunk population at bay, but then they consent to share their food bowl with the squirrels. I’ve tried both in-ground and in-pots plantings and have given up to the will of nature’s critters. Your post makes me wish I didn’t have to. My favorite of the new varieties are the striped feathery ones, but the old fashioned yellow still have the top spot in my heart. Can’t wait for things to bloom again. This winter has been brutal on my psyche.

    1. I plant my Tulips each fall in large containers and though I’ve tried various colors and types I still find I love the Darwin white or yellow ones the best for cutting for the house. I also love the apricot inkish shades like Menton I have to plant new ones each year because here in N C. they are not a good perennial and just get smaller each year. I plant about 200 and this fall I did some extra in my cutting garden. So far the critters haven’t bothered them. Can’t wait to see them in bloom come April.

  3. I agree with Eve. Between, squirrels, rabibits and deer, I have never been able to have tulips. I also have planted tons of different types of daffodils and they never fail. My beautiful tulips come from the grocery store and farmers markets.

  4. I personally have no area to really plant tulips unless in a container but alas the squirrels will most likely get them. Our city though plants them everywhere and it always looks beautiful.

  5. I bet your gardens are beautiful!
    Although I have a few flowering bulbs coming up, I’m sad to say that tulips have never done well in our climate. We do have amaryllis flower shoots starting to peek up and agapanthus will not be far behind them. Thank the Lord for azaleas, dogwood and Japanese plums blooming in all their glory!

    1. I plant large containers of Tulips each fall and just treat them like annuals. So far the squirrels have not bothered them but they are close to the house which may help plus my dogs love to chase squirrels. I plant enough that I can pick some for inside bouquets but love to enjoy them outside even more. Yellow and peachy shades are my favorites.

  6. Potting the tulip bulbs in large barrels or pots that can withstand the winter they say works well for those of us who have no space. I think I will try that this fall. Our garage only holds so many pots and my roses have to over winter there with my begonias. My husband gets a bit frustrated but ya know he could always build me an enclosed temp controlled sun room! Yes!
    Love that tulips arrive early for something to look forward too. I’m fond of the feathery parrot tulips myself:0)
    And thanks to you Jennifer for being so kind in responding to us..your blogger friends. You and Kari Anne are the best. There isn’t always time in the day and it’s never expected but especially in the wooded cemetery plots and the specific questions..your very kind to respond when you can.
    Love your posts!