Keukenhof Lies is a famous park in the Netherlands. It sits in the heart of the bulb growing region and is an over-the-top showcase of the region’s most famous exports. These are photos from a trip that I, Joseph, took in 2008 to this incredible park.
Here are the places you’ll pass in the spring along the Keukenhof route: the bulb fields are in full bloom. Bulb growers let each field bloom to make sure everything is true to name, and then they cut off the flowers so the plants can focus their energy on growing larger bulbs. If you have flower bulbs in your garden, chances are they started life in fields like the Netherlands.
This is perhaps the garden’s most famous sight, a river of blue grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacumZones 3–9) with contrasting masses of yellow daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, zones 3–8) and orange tulips.
Here’s a combination I’d like to recreate in my garden: bright red greige tulips with white airflowers (Anemone Blenda, zones 5–8). Although the sheer scale of Keukenhof is beyond the resources and space of any home gardener, many of the individual beds are full of ideas that you can easily recreate at home.
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