Our growing zone gets too hot for tulips to survive. You may get 20 or 30 percent to return, but that is lucky. I wait until December and go through the bargain bins in the hardware store where they put the net bags of all the tulips at half price. They are still in pretty good shape and are usually bagged where you can see the size and color, even if mixed. I buy two or three bags, face the cold of winter and bury them in pots in both the front and back yard in December. This afternoon of bitter planting rewards me tremendously in the spring. I will try to save them through the year, but not holding out hopes. The colors are mixed but seem to look good together. I sometimes cover the pots with pebbles to discourage hungry squirrels.
I put the bright red ones at the front walkway.
But also left a few on the deck to enjoy while we grill outside.
The blooms last more than a week if the weather holds cool and they close up like little evening purses as the sun sets.