Blushing Lady, An Elegant Single Late Tulip

Ilona Erwin

Lasting, Graceful, Gorgeous

A lady with these qualities is welcome in the garden party of spring, and this tulip is fine addition to either a cutting garden or a spring display. Tall, with a long stem and an oval head which is ideal for vases, this has been one of the more perennial, lasting tulips in my garden.

The color is a subtle shading from creamy yellow at the edges to a heart of salmon orange. The hues blend seamlessly into one another in a dreamy shading that draws, but not shouts for attention.

Reigning Qualities

  • Large size oval bloom
  • Lovely color
  • Long stem
  • Persistant in the garden

Single Late Tulip

Blushing Lady does show up fashionably late.

A sport of Temple of Beauty, which has the form but deeper shades (red and orange), and sibling to Blushing Beauty, the three of these relations would look stunning together.

Single Late tulips are sometimes called “cottage tulips”, and characteristically have smaller flowers than this variety. They are among the tallest, as is ‘Blushing Lady’.

May grow between 30 to 36 inches tall. (Usually closer to 22″).

Their flowers are egg shaped, but in the case of this one, end with a graceful point.

They brighten the garden during early May.

Good Breeding

Grown from hybrid cross of  ‘Mariette’ a lily-flowered tulip, and a Tulipa gregii, this variety has strong growth with very large flowers.

blushing lady tulip


Attractive Companions

I grow this tulip with a footer of chionodoxia, hosta, and in front of the Mugo pine. Lavender flowered Lunaria pop up in proximity and this provides one of the best color contrasts for the soft warm colors of the central star.

With the yellow and salmon orange, which fades into a paler cream color, ethereal whites, deep green foliage, and soft warm lavender shades are most complementary. Pansies come in colors that will harmonize beautifully.

Another garden plan could include an echo of the soft yellow in Alyssum saxatile ‘Citrinum’, and lavender low growing perennials like Aubrieta (which likes lime) and creeping Phlox (P. subulata).
Phlox subulata, blue:

I personally don’t like the Iberis sempervirens I have grown with it, but the dotted self-sown Lunaria added the contrast of a warm, soft purple that I like. So it worked, overall.

Tulip Tips To Remember

  • Bulbs begin to be offered in August
  • Tulips should be planted with a minimum of ten at a time.
  • Plant in early fall
  • Add long lasting fertilizer such as bonemeal when planting.

Don’t plant in soldier straight lines, unless lining out in your Cutting Garden.

I think you will be happy with this long stemmed, large chalice beauty.

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.