Tulips are probably the most popular bulb grown by gardeners. Most tulips sold today come from the Netherlands. It all started in the 17th century during a period known as Tulipmania. At its peak in the 1630s, a price tag of $30,000 to nearly $50,000 (in today’s currency) for a single tulip bulb was common! Today you can buy a bag of 10 tulips for about $6. And what a bargain they are. Hybrid tulips are beautiful, undemanding and available in an incredible range of colours, bloom shapes, plant heights and growth habits. They make perfect mass plantings, are wonderful in mixed beds, and make exquisite spring cut flowers.