Another spring bulb that is fun to grow and can be treated like a perennial is a giant flowering allium.
“Allium” is the botanical name for the onion family. So, essentially the homeowner is planting an ornamental onion. Plant it for the bloom, not the flavor.
Given adequate sun, fertile soil, and space, plenty of space, alliums are a very satisfactory spring bulb to plant.
Look in the bulb catalogue for flowering alliums. Everyone likes “allium giganteum,” as its blooms are large and intricate, but there are several other varieties available.