Tulip 'Exotic Emperor' is a double tulip, but the outer petals are more like green sepals than fully blown petals and it looks good from the moment the buds begin to develop until it is almost dropping – so for at least six weeks.
The outer layers twist and turn and give each stem a relaxed exhibitionism which I love.
Tulip 'Exotic Emperor' looks like a peony flowered tulip but is actually a Fosteriana and is suitably early to match.
Our tulip bulbs are the best and biggest we can find, from tried and trusted growers. Don't forget that tulips like to be planted late in October and November with the colder weather, and need a little watering if planted in pots.