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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.

GLORIOUS GLADS        Sampler
Glads are easy, fun, and last forever in bouquets. We’ll send you 3 each of 4 glorious classics: pink ‘Friendship’, yellow Nova Lux, purple ‘Fidelio’ , and our pint-sized best-seller, ‘Atom’.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COS20Add to basket:1/$12.502/$243/$344/$445/$54
PINT-SIZED GLADS        Sampler
The garden world is starting to catch on to what we’ve been saying for years now: small-flowered glads have big charms. See for yourself with this diverse sampler of 1 each of 5 bouquet-friendly pixies: ‘Atom’, ‘Bibi’, ‘Elvira’, ‘Green Lace’, and the incomparable ‘Starface’.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COS32Add to basket:1/$13.502/$263/$374/$47.505/$58
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        Web-Only & Rarest
Please don’t mistake ‘Allegro’ for an ordinary red glad. Its color is a wonderfully deep ruby with smoky undertones that’s so intense it almost seems to be pulsating. In Italian its name means “quick, spirited, lively,” and this show-stopper definitely is! 4 feet tall, from Maine. Chart to compare.
SGL37Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
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 year after 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. Chart to compare.
SGL17Add to basket:3/$11.505/$18.5010/$3425/$77.5050/$144
BLUEBIRD, 1968        Web-Only & 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. Very limited supply, Small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine and our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart to compare.
SGL49Add to basket:1/$6.503/$185/$28Limit 5, please.
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


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

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