Photo by: Philippe Perdereau

Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet plants bulbs in an unusual way, creating painterly results in the garden. For a slide show of her favorite tulips, go to Jacqueline van der Kloet's Favorite Tulips and for a slide show of van der Kloet's gardens in bloom, see our slide show

This article was first published in Garden Design May/June 2011

Parrot Tulips, a Curious Accent for Modern Design

August 13, 2011
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Contemporary gardens are losing their flowers.  Sure, big color isn't for everyone, and there's no denying the appeal of easy care ornamental grasses and water conserving succulents.  But there's one plant routinely overlooked that may offer a fabulous display that won't fight your minimalist design, but enhance it.  They are the parrot tulips, which are magnificently free to flower in the most curious colors and shapes.  These twisted beauties are planted in the fall for unexpected seasonal delights.

Jan S. Ohms, 85, Bulb Pioneer, Dies

June 01, 2011
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Jan S. Ohms, the head of Van Engelen, John Scheepers, and John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, three well-known bulb and seed catalogs, is dead. Born in Connecticut in 1925 to Dutch parents, he was the third generation of his family to work in the Dutch flower bulb business.

In the 1970s, Ohms bought the Van Engelen flower bulb company and in 1991, he bought the John Scheepers company and their catalog. John Scheepers, the founder of the eponymous company, was Ohms's uncle, and he founded the company in 1908.


April 04, 2011
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Tulip mania is in full bloom in the Netherlands right now, as shown by these amazing photographs of the bulb fields in bloom. The area is known as Bloembollenstreek, or flower bulb street, a strip of 19 miles between Haarlem and Leiden, where fields of flowers are grown. The flowers start blooming in January and lillies bloom late in May, but mid-April is the time for the area's most famous flower, the tulip, to shine.

The Bulbs of Summer

March 23, 2011
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Polianthes tuberosa, from Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Loving Giant Snowdrops

March 11, 2011
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When late winter cabin fever has me in its bitter grip, galanthus reminds me that all is not lost. The snowdrop, as it's commonly known, is understated and refined, yet that pristine white flower contrasted against the dull winter ground gives it an eye-popping allure. I'm a plant breeder in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I'm also an unrepentant plantsman who gardens as a competitive sport. Anything that blooms against the odds has a place in my heart.

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