After daffodils tulips are the most popular spring flowering bulbs. While they look great in a container they are so much more impressive when planted in mass. If you want to see a really stunning display you need to visit the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands where you will find tulips of all colors as well as daffodils, hyacinths and the blue muscari. If you do not want to travel then enjoy this virtual tour by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands? sandy-soiled bulb-growing region, just south of Amsterdam, lies a garden that blooms for just a few weeks in spring with an astonishing display of color and fragrance. Perhaps it is Keukenhof?s ephemeral beauty ? or self-proclaimed status as the most beautiful spring garden in the world ? that draws visitors from around the globe to stroll the meandering paths and admire the artfully arranged beds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and grape hyacinths.
Whether you would like to bookmark Keukenhof for your travel list or are looking for planting ideas for your yard, sit back and take a tour of this stunning spring garden.Beds of new bulb hybrids and tried-and-true favorites spread over the 79-acre grounds, interspersed with flowering cherry trees, naturalistic ponds, woodland areas, and sculptures from local and international artists.On the site of what was once the hunting grounds of a 15th-century estate, the garden in its present form dates back to 1949, when the mayor of the region came up with the idea to hold an annual bulb exhibition as a boost to the Dutch flower and bulb export trade.Bulb growers were invited to show off their hybrids of tulips, hyacinths and narcissus as part of the exhibition ? a tradition that continues to this day with nearly 7 million bulbs (many of which are donated by local growers) planted annually.