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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.

CARIBBEAN, 1957        Web-Only & Rarest
If you look with your imagination, it’s easy to see the blue skies and sandy beaches of the Caribbean in this well-named little glad. It’s not really blue, of course, but a lovely soft lavender highlighted with thumbprints of purple. Small-flowered, 3 feet tall, from Maine. Chart to compare.
SGL57Add to basket:1/$5.503/$155/$23.5010/$44Limit 10, please.
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/$30Limit 5, please.
CHARISMA, 1969        Web-Only & Rarest
Looking like a summer party dress or a tropical fruit smoothie, this luscious, ruffled glad combines soft apricot-pink with pale lemon and gold. Pick a few, settle into your chaise longue after a productive afternoon in the garden, and enjoy! 4 feet, from Maine. Chart to compare.
SGL51Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
CONTENTMENT, 1957        Rarest
With misty, shimmering, soft lavender-pink petals, ‘Contentment’ is hauntingly beautiful. Lightly ruffled and strong-growing, it was once the world’s leading lavender glad, but today it’s all but lost. 4 feet, from Michigan. Chart to compare.
SGL22Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.50Limit 5, please.
DAUNTLESS, 1940        Web-Only & Rarest
You’ll never mistake ‘Dauntless’ for a modern, supermarket glad. We call it the Lauren Bacall of glads because its smooth, stylish, angular blooms recall an era of wide lapels and big, sexy hats. Pink with a dramatic splash of ruby in the throat, it’s also one of the oldest traditional glads we’ve ever offered. 4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. Chart to compare.
SGL12Add to basket:3/$9.505/$1510/$2825/$6450/$119
G. nanus ELVIRA, 1956
Small-flowered and informal, ‘Elvira’ is a perky soft pink with its lower petals splashed with ruby. It’s one of the Nanus group of petite, early-blooming, hardier-than-most glads, and perfect for summer’s simple, no-fuss bouquets. 2-3 feet, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SGL24Add to basket:5/$4.7510/$925/$20.5050/$38100/$71
FIDELIO, 1959
A very rosy, joyful purple, ‘Fidelio’ is named for Beethoven’s only opera, a hymn to loyalty, love, and freedom. Try a few combined with silvery Russian sage or tall artemisia – stunning! 4 feet, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SGL11Add to basket:5/$5.7510/$1125/$2550/$46100/$85
FIREDANCE, 1968        Web-Only & Rarest
Looking more like a cymbidium orchid from the wilds of Borneo than an ordinary glad from your own backyard, this tiny, ruffled beauty is a luscious peachy-orange that’s splashed with gold and richly speckled with cayenne pepper. Wow! Very limited supply, small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine. Chart to compare.
SGL34Add to basket:1/$6.503/$185/$2810/$52Limit 5, please.
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