Van Engelen

Fall 2018

The best Dutch flower bulbs at the best prices.

Wedding and Event Favors: Available from September 5, 2017

There is nothing more lovely than to give flower bulbs as a party favor at fall events like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, private parties (however big or small), memorials, school or family reunions, and corporate meetings.

Flower bulbs are a perfect present: not only are they environmentally friendly, they will create beauty, magic and memories in the spring gardens of your guests. Spring flower bulbs are an eternal symbol of hope and rebirth. Gifts of flower bulbs are like 2+ presents: a gift at the time of th event and a gift at bloom time!

For late fall and mid-winter gifts of indoor bulbs, Amaryllis bestow huge colorful flowers, and Paperwhites yield sweetly fragrant, delicate white flowers. You may choose from Christmas Flowering Amaryllis bulbs (available for shipment late September), Royal Dutch Hybrid Amaryllis (available for shipment mid October) and our Art & Soul of Winter Gift Box Amaryllis and Paperwhites (available for shipment mid October).

When placing your order, make sure to tell us the event date and by which date you would like them so that you may repackage them in advance.

Varieties for Early Shipment Starting after Labor Day
The following varieties are available for early shipment through Van Engelen immediately after Labor Day. Our entire collection is available in late September with the exception of Dutch Amaryllis, Eremurus, Lilies, Herbaceous Peonies and our Collections (available for shipment in mid-October).

When deciding which variety you would like to give as a present, consider the color, per bulb price, horticultural hardiness and size of each bulb. Bulb size is important as it relates to the number of bulbs that can fit in the package you intend to use. Please note that bulb size is a measurement of circumference around the widest girth of the bulb, not left to right.

If you need help selecting a variety, just give us a call. We would be happy to help you.

Small-Size Bulbs
Chionodoxa forbesii Blue Giant: This improved, more vigorous form of Chionodoxa forbesii has larger, star-shaped, vivid blue flowers with big white centers and up to eight flowers per stem. Generally, deer- and rodent-proof Chionodoxa is referred to as Glory of the Snow all of which are fabulous naturalizers. Bulb size: 5 cm/up. Bloom time: April. Height: 4" to 8". Horticultural zone hardiness: 3 through 8. RESERVE NOW.

Crocus chrysanthus Cream Beauty: Cream Beauty is soft Naples-yellow with a sprinkled bronze base, variable purple margins and orange anthers. It has graceful six-petaled, 4” tall flowers that open and close on sunny days, and grass-like foliage with narrow, median silvery stripes. Bulb size: 5 cm/up. Height: 4”. Bloom time: Late March/early April. HZ: 4-8. RESERVE NOW.

Galanthus nivalis Flore Pleno: Circa 1731, the heirloom Double Snowdrop has a double layer of milky-white, drooping flowers tipped green. Commonly known as Snowdrops or Milk Flowers, deer- and rodent-resistant, naturalizing Galanthus are one of the earliest portents of spring. Bulb size: 5 cm/up. March/April. 5" to 8". HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Large-Size Bulbs
Allium aflatunense Purple Sensation: This essential must-grow 'Flowering Onion' has 4" to 5" globe-like clusters of star-shaped, violet-purple florets. Deer- and rodent-resistant, it is stunning for naturalized garden display and cut flower bouquets. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. Bloom time: May/June. Height: 24" to 30". Horticultural zone hardiness: 4 through 8. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Apricot Beauty: One of the most popular tulips of all time, this lightly scented Triumph Tulip is soft salmon-rose overlaid with light apricot edges and a pale green star at its base. This beguiling beauty varies in color intensity in different levels of sunlight and at different points during its blooming period. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. April/May. 18". HZ: 3-7. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Blushing Beauty: This cherished Single Late Tulip is aureolin-yellow, blushing rosy-red toward its petals' edges, with interior, pink-rimmed, canary-yellow bases. Known as a Lefeber variety, it is tall, late flowering and has an elegant long flower with gracefully reflexed petal tips. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. 30". HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Big Smile: This enormous, award-winning Single Late Tulip is bright lemon-yellow and considered one of the best late yellow Tulips. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. 26". HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Elegant Lady: Subtly changing colors as its blooms mature, this Lily Flowering beauty has pale creamy-yellow flowers edged in soft violet-red. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. 24". HZ: 3-7. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Hocus Pocus: This magical Lefeber sport is prized for its tall, large, sunny, shades-of-yellow flowers delicately flamed crimson-red. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. Bloom time: May. Height: 28”. HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Pink Impression: The original, award-winning Impression, Pink Impression remains one of the most highly regarded tulips since its introduction in 1979. It is luminous soft empire-rose, maturing to deep neyron-rose with an interior, black base, narrowly edged in yellow. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. Bloom time: Late April/May. Height: 20" to 22". HZ: 3-7. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Temple of Beauty: This ravishing Single Late Tulip has large, graceful, lily-shaped flowers in deep salmon-rose with darker and paler flushes above slightly mottled foliage. A two-time award-winner, this 1959 Lefeber variety is late and tall. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. 30". HZ: 3-8. HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Tulip Violet Beauty: This gorgeous Single Late Tulip has shimmering lavender-blue, chalice-shaped flowers with interior ivory-white bases atop strong stems. Keep a watchful eye on it, for it changes colors over its long bloom period~sometimes more lavender, sometimes more purple, sometimes with a rose sheen and sometimes with a blue sheen. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. 18". HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

Narcissus Ara: This graceful, early-blooming Cyclamineus has reflexed, ivory-white petals encircling the most perfect, extremely long, gleaming lemon-yellow trumpet with a paler base. This award-winner is taller than most Cyclamineus varieties and steals the show when planted in large naturalizing swaths. Bulb size: 12/14 cm. April. 16". HZ: 3-8. RESERVE NOW.

The best way to present a gift of flower bulbs is to repackage them in Chinese food boxes, tulle fabric bundles, paper gift bags or even regular paper lunch bags with holes punched in the sides. Each container can be tailored to the event with hanging gift tags, product label stickers and raffia or ribbon, in colors corresponding to the event. There are numerous online sites through which you can easily create labels or gift tags on which to commemorate the event and identify the flower bulb with brief planting instructions. (Our favorite website is

These types of packaging provide the living flower bulbs with good air ventilation until your guests can bring them home and plant them at the proper time for their area. Regardless of the event date, flower bulbs should not be planted until the ground chills down to around 55 degrees F (after about two weeks of night time temperatures hovering in the 40s). When you place your order, you may ask us to mail you our Horticultural Tips brochure in advance of order receipt so you can prepare your packaging with planting tips. Or, you may use the online horticultural tips detailed for each variety.

Flower Bulb Receipt and Inspection
Open the exterior carton and interior cartons of your flower bulb order and inspect the bulbs. Keep them in a cool, dry spot with good air circulation out of direct sunlight until just prior to repackaging the bulbs before the event. Once repackaged, store the bulbs in a cool, dry spot with good air circulation.