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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Tulipa kolpakowskiana

Bright yellow 5 - 7.5cm (2 - 3in) flowers, each blazed in orange-red on the outside, are carried in small clusters in April and May and set against distinctive blue-green foliage which is noticeably waved along the edges. Ideal for gravel gardens or troughs, in well drained soil with plenty of sun. Grows wild in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.15 - 20cm (6 - 8in)

Tulipa linifolia (Batalinii Group) 'Bright Gem'

This appealing selection of another Asian species has apricot-yellow flowers opening in April with a bronze or sometimes slightly greenish sheen on the outside - the precise colouring seems to vary a little with the temperature. Plant in plenty of sun, as the flowers close up, though still look attractive in shade. 20 - 25cm (8 - 10in)

Tulipa 'Lady Jane'

A delightful colour combination for April and May, the outsides of the petals are rosy red with white margins, the inside is pure white, and in stark and stylish contrast are the black anthers. Easy to grow in well-drained soil in full sun, the whole floral display is set off by slightly greyish foliage. 25cm (10in)

Tulipa 'Little Princess'

In an extraordinary combination of colours, this April-flowering tulip has clusters of flowers in bright coppery orange, then in the heart of each bloom is a smoky brownish black star outlined in bright yellow. Each flower is scented, if only lightly, and darkens steadily as it matures. The slender, slightly red-tinted foliage snakes across the soil. 12.5cm (5in)

Tulipa orphanidea Whittallii Group

In late April and May, intriguing bronzed orange flowers open in small clusters. Often tinted in green on the backs, the base of the inside of each flower is almost chocolat in colour and surrounded by a hazy yellow. A sparkling tulip for full sun and good drainage. 20 - 25cm (8 - 10in)

Tulipa praestans 'Fusilier'

A dramatic multiheaded April-flowering tulip, invaluable in smaller containers and sunny beds. With up to six flowers topping each stem, and all in vivid bright red, this is an eye-catching selection and ideal with dwarf wallflowers. 'Fusilier' is also a good candidate for gravel gardens with cistus perhaps. More adaptable than many described here. 25cm (10in)

Tulipa 'Purissima'

A lovely, pure white tulip for March and April, with ivory veining at the base and dramatically contrasting black anthers. In containers, it shines above short forget-me-nots, especially when placed near a door where its fragrance can be enjoyed. In rich soil in full sun it will increase year after year. 30cm (12in)

Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood'

Perhaps the most popular of all dwarf tulips, the outsides of the flowers are a vivid red shade with a touch of carmine, the insides are scarlet and at the very heart is a black zone. The slightly greyish foliage is heavily streaked in crimson. Ideal in small containers and sunny, well-drained borders. 20cm (8in)

Tulipa 'Stresa’

Each outer petal is an unforgettable combination of bright yellow and pillar box red, the flowers held on short stems for greater impact. On sunny days, the tips of the petals roll back to reveal the heart of the flower, patterned brightly in that same bright red colouring. The foliage is streaked in purple from well before the flowers open. 25cm (10in)

Tulipa 'Toronto'

With three to five flowers clustered on each stem in April, the vivid pinkish red colouring of 'Toronto' stands out above its greyish foliage which is lightly streaked in purple. As the flowers mature and the sun shines, they open to reveal a smoky throat brightened by yellow flashes. Good in containers or gravel. 20 - 25cm (8 - 10in)

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