Species tulips are as reliable as daffodils and, while they're shorter, smaller and seem more delicate, they've got the stamina for long-lived displays. Most species tulips hail from the mountainous regions of northern Turkey, so they can cope with extreme weather. With minimum care, they'll flower year after year, and many will bulk up into clumps after a few years.
Like cultivars, species tulips prefer growing in free-draining soil in full sun. Plant them in drifts for swathes of colour, dot them around a rockery, or show off their blooms with decorative mulches in pots.
Discover seven stunning species tulips to grow, below.
The rose-pink flowers of T. platystigma bear traces of orange running through the petals, becoming clearer towards the margins.
This species thrives where summers are hot and winters are cold. It's ideal for rock gardens or container displays. Flowers in late-April.
Tulipa armena var. lycica
Grow Tulipa armena var. lycica in a sunny spot, as this species likes a hot, dry dormancy period in summer. Flowers in April.