Staff Favorites: We Love Gladiolus

Thank you to Tabar, our Contact Center Manager, for telling us what she loves about growing Gladolus!
 
"Gladiolus are one of my absolute favorites! They are super long blooming and so easy to grow. The blooms remind be of colorful butterflies all lined up. An afternoon of digging is well worth the months of blooms you'll have as a reward!"
 

Finding Your Favorite Gladiolus Varieties

"The colors and varieties are endless, and while I have some favorites, I like to try new ones every year. I'm always pleasantly surprised how vibrant these are when the start to bloom. Last year I planted the Dynamite which I fell in love with, the contrasting flowers start almost neon green and bright pink, then transition to a yellow and magenta bloom, truly stunning (the photo here is from the new cut flower bed I planted last spring).
 
I like surprises, so the mixes are a go-to for me as well. I planted the Summer Essentials Mix last year, too, and I was thrilled to see the different hues of blooms, echoing a tropical sunset. It's such a delight to see the first hints of color starting to peak out of the spear like flowers and get a preview of what's in store for upcoming new blooms. "
 

Perfect For Cut Flowers

"I also love how long Gladious last as cut flowers. If you cut them just when the first lower blooms start opening, the top buds will continue to open up over time, and you can have upwards of 2-3 weeks out of one stalk. I pull the spent lower flowers off, and trim down the height as needed, to allow the top blooms to open up. They work so well as single stalks in a vase -- I use wine bottles for single stalks, and the weight of the glass bottles  is perfect to hold one or two stalks for a simple arrangement. Gladiolus also are perfect as the show-stopping centerpiece in a bouquet, along with any other flowers that are in bloom at the time."
 

Succession Planting For Summer-Long Blooms

"I'll plant generally plant 2 or 3 rounds of Gladiolus bulbs, about 2-3 weeks apart, to extend the blooming time in my cut flower bed. This keeps my yard and my home (and all the friends and family I bring vases to in season) well stocked with this favorite. They're so easy, so rewarding, and always delight visitors and those I bring cut flowers too -- which is pretty much everyone when my gardens are in bloom!"
 

Easy-To-Grow Bulbs

"I love Glads because they are really just the the most impactful flowers to grow. It's so fun to show them off to my friends, family and neighbors. They are stunning, and the impression they make is deceiving for how easy they are to grow. The key for planting is they do need to be planted the full 8" deep, or they'll flop over! They also benefit from regular watering if you're not getting rain (which is pretty typical in the peak of summer. These put on a colorful light show all their own."

 

Shop below to find your new favorite Gladiolus to plant this season!

Dynamite GladiolusDynamite Gladiolus
Dynamite Gladiolus in Tabar's Garden

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  1. Rainbow Gladiolus Mix in a vase

    Rainbow Gladiolus Mix provides a spectacular rainbow of color to brighten up any garden bed or container. Easy to care for, the blooms on these tall flower stalks open one by one fro...

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    Rainbow Gladiolus Mix Rainbow Gladiolus Mix Gladiolus Rainbow Mix
    As low as $36.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Bag of 50
    Rainbow Gladiolus Mix provides a spectacular rainbow of color to brighten up any garden bed or container. Easy to care for, the blooms on these tall flower stalks open one by one from bottom to top, delivering more color with each day. Glads are perfect for the cutting garden and demand a high price at market when sold as single stems or cheerful, mix and match bouquets. (Gladiolus)
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  2. White Polar Bear Gladiolus, Gladiolus Polar Bear

    Snowy white ‘Polar Bear’ Gladiolus shines bright in your garden or cut flower display. Prolific flowers are perfect for elegant monochromatic or romantic moonlight gardens. These...

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    Polar Bear Gladiolus Polar Bear Gladiolus Gladiolus Polar Bear
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 15
    Snowy white ‘Polar Bear’ Gladiolus shines bright in your garden or cut flower display. Prolific flowers are perfect for elegant monochromatic or romantic moonlight gardens. These lovable and easy-to-grow flowers offer a striking vertical accent with smooth sword-shaped foliage. Watch for visiting hummingbirds!
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  3. Mix of Hardy Gladiolus Close Up

    As the name suggests, our Hardy Gladiolus Mix features summer-blooming glads that are more cold-hardy than other varieties, but these are also shorter, making them perfect for planti...

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    Hardy Gladiolus Mix Hardy Gladiolus Mix Gladiolus nanus Mix
    As low as $27.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Bag of 25
    As the name suggests, our Hardy Gladiolus Mix features summer-blooming glads that are more cold-hardy than other varieties, but these are also shorter, making them perfect for planting in containers. Blooming in a wide palette of peachy-pinks, these orchid-like flowers are imprinted with a stunning, stencil-like pattern. Beautiful in bouquets. (Gladilous)
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  4. Blue and Purple Gladiolus Bulbs Blue Moon Mix, Gladiolus, Large Flowering Gladiolus

    Blue Moon Gladiolus Mix flowers in shades of blues and purples, lending a cool, calm feeling to the summer garden. Glads take up so little room, you can tuck them in between other pl...

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    Blue Moon Gladiolus Mix Blue Moon Gladiolus Mix Gladiolus Blue Moon Mix
    $18.98 Sale $12.34
    Per Bag of 15
    Blue Moon Gladiolus Mix flowers in shades of blues and purples, lending a cool, calm feeling to the summer garden. Glads take up so little room, you can tuck them in between other plants to add a vertical pop of color - try this trick in newly-planted perennial beds to make them appear full and lush if you're worried they look sparse. (Gladiolus)
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  5. Peacock Orchid, Gladiolus acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus flowers

    Peacock Orchid delivers graceful, white orchid-like flowers with star-shaped, merlot-colored centers. Extremely easy to grow, these beautiful blooms produce a sweet scent, adding a d...

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    Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus acidanthera) Peacock Orchid or Gladiolus acidanthera Gladiolus acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 25
    Peacock Orchid delivers graceful, white orchid-like flowers with star-shaped, merlot-colored centers. Extremely easy to grow, these beautiful blooms produce a sweet scent, adding a delicate allure to both gardens and bouquets. Hardy in Zones 7-10, Peacock Orchids are considered annuals in all other zones, but can be lifted and stored for the following year. (Gladiolus acidanthera)
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  6. Summer Sorbet Gladiolus Collection

    Add a refreshing splash of vertical color to your sunny garden with our Summer Sorbet Gladiolus Collection. Sweet colors of apricot, orange, lemon, and raspberry infuse this collecti...

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    Summer Sorbet Gladiolus Collection Summer Sorbet Gladiolus Collection Gladiolus
    $59.98 Sale $38.99
    Per Collection of 45
    Add a refreshing splash of vertical color to your sunny garden with our Summer Sorbet Gladiolus Collection. Sweet colors of apricot, orange, lemon, and raspberry infuse this collection with summer flavor. Fortunately, these flowers last longer in the heat than icy treats! Tall, sturdy stems bloom from the bottom upward, attracting hummingbirds and making for beautiful long-lasting great cut flowers. Collection of 45 bulbs.
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  7. Red Gladiolus Bulbs Traderhorn, Gladiolus, Large Flowering Gladiolus

    'Traderhorn' Gladiolus sends crimson-red flowers with white throats to the garden's top row, blending beautifully with a backdrop of blue sky. These long-flowering summertime bloomer...

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    Traderhorn Gladiolus Traderhorn Gladiolus Gladiolus Traderhorn
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 15
    'Traderhorn' Gladiolus sends crimson-red flowers with white throats to the garden's top row, blending beautifully with a backdrop of blue sky. These long-flowering summertime bloomers are deer-resistant and grow quickly in a single season; dig or 'lift' them to store indoors for replanting the following spring. (Gladiolus)
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  8. Elvira Hardy Gladiolus, Gladiolus nanus Elvira

    Enjoyed for its hardiness and smaller, more adaptable size than traditional Glads, ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus is not only great for the garden, but terrific as a strong accent in ...

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    Elvira Hardy Gladiolus Elvira Hardy Gladiolus Gladiolus nanus Elvira
    As low as $27.98 Sale $16.99
    Per Bag of 25
    Enjoyed for its hardiness and smaller, more adaptable size than traditional Glads, ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus is not only great for the garden, but terrific as a strong accent in a cut flower bouquet! This charming flower will accent your containers, flower beds, and vases with elegant orchid-like blossoms in the softest pink – each one marked with rosy red on their lower petals. Sword-like foliage enhances the blossoms, which open slowly from the base of the spike, attracting pollinators and hummingbirds.
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