What to plant with tulips

What to plant with tulips. A variety of annual and perennial plants are available to enhance the beauty of tulips.

What to plant with tulips
What to plant with tulips

We will discuss a variety of plants to be companions with your lovely tulips. These plants enhance the beauty of the tulips and your woodland.

Let’s discuss them all!


  • This plant enhances the tulip’s beauty and lasts till summer with its lovely foliage leaves.
  • The leaves are heart-shaped and contain blue veins.
  • That is considered one of the cute combinations with tulips.
  • The advantage of this plant is it is pest resistant.
  • Just plant them and create your dream look.

Bleeding HeartBleeding Heart

Lamprocapnos spectabilis


  • Iconic shape and beauty
  • Easy to grow
  • No need for  pruning or deadheading 
  • They bloom again. 
  • Pests, deer and rabbits resistance’s
  • Provide a naturalized or woodland feel


  • Tulips alongside hellebore is a good-looking combo.
  • Hellebores have attractive foliage and enhanced blooming capacity in winter and early spring. It’s an annual plant, and remains beautiful throughout the year. It’s resistant to rodents and deer.

Virginia BluebellsVirginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica

  • Virginia is a perennial plant that grows with tulips in a shadier spot. They require low maintenance, thus fit for planting.



  • A spring-blooming plant that lasts till summer. It’s one of the good combinations with tulips.
  •  The arching daylily foliage leaves hide the dying leaves of the tulip bulbs. 
  • After tulips season, the plants start to enhance the look with their lovely flowers.


  • Similar foliage
  • Later flowering
  • Low maintenance requirements.

Woodland Forget-Me-Nots

Myosotis sylvatica 

This is an ideal groundcover plant for tulips. 


  • Perennial plant 
  • Green leaves with blue flowers 
  • Delightful scenery to watch
  • It enhances the beauty of the garden bed 


Veronica is another perennial plant that blooms after tulips. 


  • Light green foliage 
  • Tall, spiky bloom
  • Variety of the whole host of colors
  • 2 feet tall
  • The shorter varieties suit best with shorter tulips

Snowdrop Anenome

Anemone sylvestris

  • Perennial plants, like snowdrops with low green foliage and white flowers, can be planted with tulips.
  • Found in European woodland and simple white flowers. 
  • Remember this plant is drought-resistant 

Creeping Phlox

A perfect partner with tulips can be creeping phlox. It creates a strikingly fine-looking carpet with tulips.

Bells Of Ireland (Shell Flowers)

Moluccella laevis

  • Green plant with white flowers
  • They grow around 4 feet tall, making them perfect background companions. 

Viola (Violet)


They can be planted with tulips. Viola has 500 species.


  • Some species are annual while other perennial 
  • Green foliage 
  • Various colored flowers. 
  • The Common type of viola is the blue-violet.
  • Bloom around the same time
  • Help attract pollinators
  • Cover dead leaves


  • Ornamental Alliums bulbs are similar to tulips. Some people love to plant the allium with tulips.
  • The blooming time of allium is a bit late, they bloom a few weeks later. 

Box plant

Buxus sempervirens


  • Contrasting shape and structure
  • Provide contemporary look
  • They are planted with deep red tulips (Pretty women)
  • Lush and delicate foliage
  • Nodding flowers 

Bronze Fennel

  • They provide contrast with appealing insects and birds for pollination.
  • They are mostly planted with maroon ‘Queen of Night’ tulips.


Crocus is planted with tulips to create a layer of flower beds. The crocus bulbs are tiny and look for upcoming tulips bulbs. A spring season best suits this combination to be planted.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth, known as Muscari, can be planted with tulips that bloom in early spring. 


If you opt to plant a partner for your tulips, a variety of perennial and annual plants best fits. We have discussed the most planted plants, hoping to best fit your tulips and garden.

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