Tulips

Unlike the showier, huge tulips on the market the wild type ones are no less subdued in their colors but are generally smaller and longer lived in the Midwestern garden. Make sure they are in well drained soils that are not overly enriched with compost or irrigated. Think about planting them at the edges of the garden where the hose doesn’t quite reach or at the drip line of thirsty shrubs and trees. They need drier environments while they are dormant. A slightly raised sharp edged gravel-soil mix will not only provide them with much needed drainage but over some protection from hungry pests.

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