“Decisions, decisions, decisions”, you may have uttered these words at moments in your life, perhaps at the grocery store in the granola bar section, trying to pick the perfect dress for an upcoming wedding, or trying to purchase tulips for your spring garden. With an abundance of choices in life comes an abundance of decisions to be made; if you are like me you are not always the best at making a decision, especially in more trivial matters. In terms of tulips the choices are nearly limitless; unless you have an abundance of land, money, and people to help plant all the different tulips of the world you wouldn’t have to choose which you wanted to plant. Most gardeners will have to make some choices in fall as to which tulips they are going to plant each season, as their garden space, money, and time is limited. In an effort to help bring clarity to the decision of which tulips to plant this fall, we will be featuring a different classification of tulips as well as a featured cultivar from that division throughout this fall season.


Triumph tulips are amongst the most popular tulips on the market, and have an immense selection of cultivars to choose from. To keep things simple we have broken down the key points that will help influence your decision on which tulips to plant…


  • Bloom Mid-Spring (depending on where you live and the climate each season this could be anywhere from March through early May)
  • Blooms come in a multitude of colors; many varieties will be two-tone, or feature markings such as stripes, or flecks of color accenting the main color of the bloom. This group of tulips is where you will find the most varieties of pinks, and purples.
  • Strong and sturdy stems and petals make these flowers resilient in Spring to stand up to rain showers and heavy winds that often accompany the change of seasons from Winter to Spring.
  • Best tulips for indoor forcing


Our featured cultivar in the Triumph Tulips classification, the Blue Ribbon Triumph is often misrepresented in pictures online and in print.  First let’s clear the air, there is no such thing as a true blue or true black tulip. You may see images of what I like to call “nail polish blue” tulips in local stores or while flipping through bulb catalogs in fall, but these images are simply enhanced to look blue, when they often tend to be a shade of violet. The Blue Ribbon triumph tulip could be described as a bright magenta bloom, with the main shade being pink and strong tones of violet in the center and base of the outside petals. Some have said in the right light you may see a ribbon of blue in the petals.  This triumph tulip is the best choice if you are looking for a vibrant magenta bloom to lively up your Spring garden.