Flowering as daffodils begin to fade, tulips have minimal value to pollinators but triumph in attracting people to the garden.

Common Name: Tulip
Scientific Name: Tulipa spp.
Family: Liliaceae

Tulips can draw bees to the garden.

Tulips can draw bees to the garden.


  • Spring ephemeral groundcover
  • Bulbs outcompete grass roots
  • Attracts pollinators

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
  • Layer Use: Herbaceous, root
  • Flowering: April
  • Leaf Shape: Narrow leaf blades
  • Height: 12″
  • Width: indefinite, bulbs slowly clump

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Light: Full-part sun
  • Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
  • Moisture: Moist, well-drained soils; will not tolerate waterlogged locations
  • pH: 6-7


Bulbs slowly clump if left to overwinter; during fall, plant bulbs 12″ deep to ensure they will survive the heat of summer.


Deadhead flowers once they wilt but keep leaves to ensure bulb health.

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