Many tulips are not strongly perennial and their floral display tends to decline from season to season. They bloom well the first year, but then peter out after a couple of years. Their large bulbs split themselves into smaller bulbs that may not have the same flowering power or are simply non-productive. Instead of one large, stately bloom appearing, two or three smaller flowers will pop out of the ground. Plantings that don’t have enough energy will send up a mass of green foliage and no bloom.
But if you select the right tulip varieties, plant them in the right spot and provide the proper care, you can be rewarded with a magnificent spring display year after year.