All bulbs for spring 2016 are SOLD OUT. (Thank you!) Order for NEXT spring starting June 1.

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.

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: purple ‘Fidelio’, yellow Nova Lux, coral pink ‘Spic and Span’ (replacing crop-failure ‘Friendship’), and our pint-sized best-seller, ‘Atom’. Gladiolus care.

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

COS-20 1/$12.50 2/$24 3/$34 4/$44 5/$54 SOLD OUT
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’. Gladiolus care.

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

COS-32 1/$13.50 2/$26 3/$37 4/$47.50 5/$58 SOLD OUT
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 & care.
SGL-29 10/$8.50 25/$19.50 50/$36.50 100/$68 250/$153 SOLD OUT
ALLEGRO, 1965        Rarest
Please don’t mistake ‘Allegro’ for an ordinary red glad. Its color is a wonderfully deep ruby with smoky undertones and so intense it almost seems to be throbbing. Its Italian name means “quick, spirited, lively,” and this show-stopper definitely is. 4’, from Maine. Chart & care.
SGL-37 3/$10.50 5/$16.50 10/$31 25/$71 50/$131 SOLD OUT
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 Holland. Chart & care.
SGL-01 5/$5.25 10/$10 25/$22.50 50/$42 100/$78 SOLD OUT
BIBI, 1954        Rarest
Exotically patterned in a style that dates back to Victorian days, this small-flowered, vibrant pink cutie is randomly flecked with rose, recalling batiked sarongs, Jackson Pollock, and the psychedelic 1960s. 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. Chart & care.
SGL-17 3/$9.50 5/$15 10/$28 25/$64 50/$119 SOLD OUT
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 & care.
SGL-30 1/$6 3/$16.50 5/$26 10/$48 25/$108 SOLD OUT
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’.
3 feet, from Michigan. Chart & care.
SGL-08 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
DAUNTLESS, 1940        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 surviving traditional glads. 4 feet, from Maine. Chart & care.
SGL-12 3/$8.50 5/$13.50 10/$25.50 25/$57.50 50/$106 SOLD OUT
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 & care.
SGL-11 5/$5.75 10/$11 25/$25 50/$46 100/$85 SOLD OUT
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