A drawback of Tulips is that most types should be treated as annuals and planted fresh every year. If you garden on a dry, light alkaline soil you have much better prospects that the Tulips will re appear in following years, but they may not be so impressive. If you want a Tulip which may return a second, or possible third year the best varieties are those known as 'Darwin hybrids' which are more likely to return. To give them the best chance of flowering for a second year plant in a sunny spot on well-drained soil. Crocus have a good range of Darwin Hybrids.
Unfortunately, if you garden on a wet acid soil the chances of even Darwin Hybrids returning is not that good and in many gardens Tulips are best treated as annuals. This means if your Tulips do not return to flower each year do not blame yourself, many tulips are designed as bedding plants. In addition, with wet and acid soils it is better to adopt a later planting of Tulips, definitely November, even December. It is also prudent to wait for a spell when it is at least reasonably dry so the Tulips do not start off in soggy conditions.
Tulips make a great show as the images illustrate but they require, in many areas, the time, trouble and expense of replanting each year. If you want to try to re plant for another year, you can lift Tulips about 6 weeks when they have finished flowering. Clean off and dry thoroughly and store in dark until ready for planting in the Autumn. Often it is simply easier to replant each year and to enjoy different colour combinations.
Holland is synonymous with Tulips and I took the image below at the great bulb garden of Keukenhof. There are 7 million bulbs planted at Keukenhof, and each year they are replanted by a team of 30 gardeners. Keukenhof is just outside Amsterdam and an impressive garden to visit, although the window to do so is small as it is only open for 8 weeks each year.