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WHY GROW GLADS? They make luscious, long-lasting cut-flowers. They add dramatic spikes of color to the garden. And they multiply and store so easily (but only if you feel like it!), you’ll soon have many more.

GLADIOLUS HISTORY — The first hybrid glads appeared in 1837, and Victorian gardeners — including Monet and Gertrude Jekyll — loved them. Unfortunately, virtually no glads from the 1800s survive today, and even glads from the 1940s are hard to find.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS — Whether you call them gladiolas, gladioli, or gladiolus, glads are easy to grow, doing best in full sun and well-drained soil. Learn more here.

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Even Rarer Gladiolus

Every year we get a handful of spectacular bulbs that are so rare we offer them WEB-ONLY. For an alert the moment they go on sale, subscribe to our free, monthly email newsletter.

G. callianthus, ABYSSINIAN GLAD, 1888
A fragrant glad? Yes! And it’s so graceful and different that even glad-haters love it. Its exotic, late-blooming, ivory flowers with purple hearts dip and sway on sturdy, arching stems. Collected from the mountains of Ethiopia in 1844, it reached America by 1888 when it was featured as brand new in Garden and Forest magazine. Formerly Acidanthera, now Gladiolus callianthus ‘Murielae’, 3-4 feet, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SGL29Add to basket:10/$8.5025/$19.5050/$36.50100/$68250/$153
ALLEGRO, 1965        Rarest
An unusual red, light-years away from orange, ‘Allegro’ is a deep rose-ruby with smoky purple undertones. It’s also lavishly ruffled, as if trembling with intensity – or passion? In Italian its name means “quick, spirited, lively,” and this show-stopper definitely is. 4 feet tall, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in August or sign up for our email newsletter.
ATOM, 1946
Hummingbirds love it, and petite, jewel-like ‘Atom’ may forever change the way you look at glads! A primulinus glad with flowers half the size of most, it melds easily into perennial borders and bouquets. It won’t get lost, though, because it’s a brilliant red cooled by the finest edging of silver. It’s our best-selling glad, our Spring 2006 Bulb of the Year, and in 2012 Scott planted it on national TV with Martha Stewart. 3 feet, from Michigan. Chart to compare.
SGL01Add to basket:5/$5.2510/$1025/$22.5050/$42100/$78
BIBI, 1954        Rarest
Exotically patterned in a style that dates back to Victorian days, this small-flowered, vibrant pink cutie is randomly flecked with deep rose. Whether it reminds you of a batiked sarong, Jackson Pollock, or the psychedelic 1960s, it’s unique and intriguing. 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in August or sign up for our email newsletter.
BLUEBIRD, 1968        Rarest
As small as ‘Atom’ and surprisingly close to blue, this cheery little glad always reminds us of a nest full of hungry baby birds. Winner of the gladiolus world’s highest honor, the All-America award, it blooms with vigor all across the country. Small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine and our Ann Arbor micro-farms. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in August or sign up for our email newsletter.
BOONE, 1920s?
Don’t like glads? We dare you to try wee, wildflowery ‘Boone’. Collected at an abandoned homestead in the Appalachians near Boone, NC, it has graceful, pint-sized, primulinus blooms of soft apricot, and it’s remarkably hardy – through zone 6 at least, and many of our zone-5 customers tell us it’s perennial for them, too. Like ‘Carolina Primrose’, it’s an early form of the “Maid of the Mist” glad (G. primulinus, now G. dalenii, from Victoria Falls to the US in 1908), and awesome. (See it on the cover of Fine Gardening!) 3 feet, zones 6a(5?)-9b(8a-11bWC), from Michigan. Chart to compare.
SGL30Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135

BYZANTINE GLAD

Perennial to zone 6, stunning and FALL-shipped only. See Gladiolus byzantinus.

CAROLINA PRIMROSE, 1908
This small, graceful glad stunned us by surviving 22° below zero one winter here. Reliably perennial in zones 6a-9b(11aWC) — and in much of zone 5, our customers tell us — it multiplies year after year without care, and grows true from seed. Collected at an old homesite in NC, it’s an early form of the “Maid of the Mist” glad (G. primulinus, now lumped into G. dalenii, first offered in the US by Thorburn in 1908), a kissing cousin of the equally wonderful ‘Boone’, and our Spring 2008 Bulb of the Year. 3 feet, from Michigan. Chart to compare.
SGL08Add to basket:1/$73/$195/$3010/$5625/$126
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