Taking its name from Princess Irene of the Netherlands, this spectacular tulip is a sight to behold. Its flowers are incredibly bright orange and purple and look like flames dancing about the broad green leaves. What's more, they have a lovely, sweet fragrance too.
These amazingly vibrant tulips will certainly warm up your spring planting at a time of year when hot colours can be hard to come across and as short-stemmed varieties they have the advantage of being much less affected by high winds than their taller cousins which can be blown over in bad weather. They look spectacular planted in groups, especially in pots on a patio or as a welcome next to the front door, or in borders in front of taller spring flowers. They are also great cut flowers and perfect for brightening up your home.
Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.
Tulips are very easy to grow and care for and can be left in the ground after flowering as long as it's well drained, so you'll get another wonderful display the following, or they can be dug up and stored over winter before replanting the following spring. However, it should be noted that 'Princess Irene' Does not naturalise well.
Supplied as 12 bulbs, size 10/11, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height of 30 cm (1 ft) and width of 10 cm (4 in).