Most widely recognised are the Grandiflorus group - full of showbiz appeal and beloved by Dame Edna Everage, these plants are definitely the supermodels of the botanical catwalk. Their blowsy eye-catching blooms shoot up from sword-like leaves and the plants are sometimes referred to as sword lilies (Gladius meaning sword in Latin).
When to plant Gladioli Bulbs?
Plant your Gladiolus corms in between April and early June for summer flowers roughly 100 days afterwards. If you are planning a party or need your garden to look good on a particular date, this can be very useful!
How To Plant Gladioli Bulbs?
They are happiest in sandy soil and sunny spot, and will need to be planted about 5 inches deep in order to provide enough anchorage for the tall flower stems.
A rainbow of colours are available, rather like their relation the Iris which is in the same plant family and offers an equally tantalising array of colours. For calming cool whites and blues, try our Midnight Mix or for zing and spicy colour, Tutti Frutti Mix transports you to tropical climes.
Native to South Africa in the majority, these corms are not fully hardy and so should ideally be lifted and stored in a dry frost-free place until re-planting the following spring.
They make stunning cut flowers and can be planted in cutting beds in rows for picking or amongst herbaceous plants at the back of a border. Staking is often advised to prevent wind damage. Suttons sell a selection of plant support rings which are ideal for this purpose.
For a hardy option which can be planted in autumn and left in the ground year round, try Gladiolus communia Bulbs - subsp. Byzantinus, more delicate by nature than its supersized cousins, but still a showstopper in magical magenta in late spring. This plant naturalises well and fits in perfectly in the herbaceous border with its arching stems - an excellent bridge between earlier spring bulbs and the summer perennials. It also looks stunning with grasses.
Good enough for Claude Monet to paint in his work entitled 'Gladiolus', any of these bulbs are certainly good enough for your garden!