Colorblends' Tulip Blend Rainbow Coalition presents one of those color displays that only tulips can pull off. Orange opens first, then red joins in, and purple closes ranks. In the end, the three bloom together for as long as a fortnight. Colorblends is a Connecticut-based flower bulb wholesaler that sells direct to landscape professionals and home gardeners coast-to-coast. See Colorblends.com or call 1-888-847-8637.
Purple, gold, yellow and blue pair with rich velvet, metallic shine and lacquered high gloss to create a living room design that's as visually compelling as it is luxurious. A sunken niche in the center of the coffee table makes a clever wet bar.
The best lavenders to choose are those with very gray bases. The soft purple shade acts like a neutral in this room and creates a beautiful base for the design. Slightly darker lavender curtains compliment the wall color and frame the wrought iron bed frame. A feathered mirror frame adds a fun texture over the sophisticated bed set up with matching nightstands.
If you’re having trouble finding true-blue flowers for your garden, look for muscari, or grape hyacinths. Hardy in zones 4-8, these little bulbs, which are available in white and various shades of blue and purple, like full sun and soil that drains easily. They mix beautifully with other spring-blooming flowers, such as daffodils and tulips. Plant them in the fall, 2-3” deep, spacing them every 3-4”.