Early elegance combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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These bold bulbs make the perfect pair. Bright yellow ‘Tête-à-tête’ is one of the first early-season daffodils to emerge, coming up even with a layer of snow still on the ground. Early spring is the same time crocus tulip blooms magenta. Plant it along a walkway or at an entry in full sun, where it’s easy to pause and peer down into the yellow centers.
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In addition to full sun, choose a planting spot with good drainage, and you’ll encourage both of these easy naturalizers to spread. Though there’s not much of it, do leave crocus tulip foliage standing once flowers finish, just as you do with daffodil’s leaves. This way, bulbs can gather plenty of energy for next spring.
A – ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffodil (Narcissus hybrid) Bulb; bright yellow in early spring; full sun to part shade; 4 to 10 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1
B – ‘Persian Pearl’ crocus tulip (Tulipa humilis) Bulb; magenta with yellow centers in early spring; full sun; 4 to 6 in. tall, 3 to 5 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1