Satisfying Gardeners’ Technicolor Daydreams

In fall, gardeners daydream in Technicolor as they choose and plant tulips for spring color. The most satisfying displays involve combinations of varieties, so the selection process usually starts as a “which list.” Which colors? Which heights? Which shapes? Which bloom times – early, mid or late season?

Then comes the big question. Will these tulips, which look terrific in the mind’s eye, actually play well together in the garden next spring?

The tulip blend specialists at make it their business to eliminate this uncertainty. The Connecticut-based flower bulb wholesaler is known for bulb blends that consistently deliver the car-stopping spring displays that professional landscapers and homeowners want.

“Spring is a once-a-year event,” says Tim Schipper, a third-generation bulbsman and owner of Colorblends. “Guesswork is not an option. Landscapers need foolproof results, and home gardeners do too.”

Predicting which blends will work is tricky, even for flower bulb experts. “We trial every idea. More often than not, what looks good on paper is a flop in the landscape,” Schipper says. “You have to orchestrate colors, shapes, heights and bloom times. You also have to use the best bulbs of the best varieties to achieve the desired result. We plant, evaluate, and replant, till we’re convinced we’ve got a winner.”

For those interested in proven bloom combinations that eliminate the guesswork, Colorblends offers more than 70 colorful tulip blends this year. They sell direct to landscape professionals and home gardeners coast-to-coast at wholesale prices. There is a $60 minimum on orders. Visit or call 1-888-847-8637.