This year I planted a late blooming tulip called Dordogne (bred by Charles Scheeper) in two sections of the front garden. I’ve been really pleased with them. These tulips are supposed to return better than many other tulips, so as an experiment I’m leaving them in place until next year to see if the blooms are as large. If not, I’ll return to treating them as annuals.
Dordogne has tall, strong stems (26 inches or so), and the most beautiful tangerine, rosy pink striped blooms that change color with the light and also as the tulips age. If you’re looking for a tall, late blooming tulip, I highly recommend this Dordogne. Scheepers provides superior-sized bulbs, which I find does make a difference. Why go to the trouble of planting small, poorly-stored bulbs from big box stores when you can have these beauties for the same amount of work and, if you buy in bulk, less cost?