Let’s Talk About Spring!

Tulips in Bloom at Cheekwood

Let's Talk About Spring!

It may be the dog days of summer, but it’s already time to start thinking about your spring garden! Many gardeners look forward to this time of year, when bulb catalogs start hitting mailboxes and you can begin to explore different options for tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, fritillaries, alliums and other spring blooms to brighten up your garden. Grab a spot in the shade and start exploring bulb catalogs!

Be sure to get your order in early as some bulbs sell out quickly. Once your order is set, the bulbs will be shipped and delivered at the proper planting time for Middle Tennessee, which is usually late October to early November. Here at Cheekwood, our garden staff is already busy planning for the 2018 Cheekwood in Bloom display, which will be on view from March 17 – April 22, 2018. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Planning Your Perfect Garden

Cheekwood Celebration GIfts

New the world of bulb planning? Here are some of our garden staff’s absolute favorite tulips, which you might want for your garden.

· Tulipa ‘Akebono’
· Tulipa ‘Angelique’
· Tulipa ‘Avignon’
· Tulipa ‘Big Eartha’
· Tulipa ‘Brown Sugar’
· Tulipa ‘Cherry Delight’
· Tulipa ‘Friendship’
· Tulipa ‘Hocus Pocus’
· Tulipa ‘Jan van Nes’
· Tulipa ‘Juliette’
· Tulipa ‘Kingsblood’
· Tulipa ‘La Courtine’
· Tulipa ‘Lady Van Eyk’
· Tulipa ‘Lighting Sun’
· Tulipa ‘Maureen’
· Tulipa ‘Mount Tacoma’
· Tulipa ‘Mystic van Eyk’
· Tulipa ‘Negrita’
· Tulipa ‘Orleans’
· Tulipa ‘Parade’
· Tulipa ‘Pink Diamond’
· Tulipa ‘Pink Impression’
· Tulipa ‘Queen of the Night’
· Tulipa ‘Renown’
· Tulipa ‘Roi du midi’
· Tulipa ‘Rosy Delight’
· Tulipa ‘Sauternes’
· Tulipa ‘Shirley’
· Tulipa ‘Sky High Scarlet’
· Tulipa ‘Strong Gold’
· Tulipa ‘Temple of Beauty’
· Tulipa ‘Van Eijk’
· Tulipa ‘White Elegance’
· Tulipa ‘World Peace’
· Tulipa ‘World’s Favorite’
· Tulipa ‘Yellow Present’

Once your bulbs are ordered, recommended plant time is from the second or third week in November through mid-December. Remember to store your bulbs in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant.

By Sarah Lowe, Botanical Garden and Horticulture Manager at Cheekwood


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