Like a flaxen-haired pre-schooler, this cute little glad with flowers no bigger than ‘Atom’ is the epitome of summer’s sunny, carefree days. Its pale blond petals deepen to gold in the center, it’s famously vigorous, and we’re happy that we once again have enough to share with you. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. Chart to compare.
A rich, full-bodied purple, this vintage glad adds a deep note of counterpoint to gardens and bouquets. White strokes on the lower petals — pollen guides for bees — make it all the more elegant. 4 feet, from Maine. Chart to compare.
“Lemon-hearted ‘White Friendship’ has never been surpassed,” says garden super-star Ann Lovejoy who recommends combining it with golden feverfew and blue morning glories. It’s one of the 20th-century’s finest glads, vigorous, lightly ruffled, and radiant. 3-4 feet, from Holland. Chart to compare.
‘Witch Doctor’ is well named. It’s an intense, eerie blend of firelight and smoke — and blood? — with mottling so dark that it almost looks charred. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to try it, we bet you’ll never forget it. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan.