All bulbs for spring 2017 are SOLD OUT. (Thank you!) Order for NEXT spring starting July 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, vibrant pink and white ‘Priscilla’, 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        Web-Only & 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, 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 and care.
SGL-29 5/$4.25 10/$8.50 25/$19.50 50/$36.50 100/$68 250/$153 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 and care.
SGL-01 5/$5.50 10/$10.50 25/$23.50 50/$44 100/$82 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 and 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 and care.
SGL-08 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
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 and care.
SGL-24 5/$6 10/$11.50 25/$26 50/$48 100/$89 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 and care.
SGL-11 5/$5.50 10/$10.50 25/$23.50 50/$44 100/$82 SOLD OUT
NOVA LUX, 1965        
Bright yet soft, the lemon yellow color of this full-sized glad is just right, carrying across the garden and lighting up bouquets. We’re fans of its classic, triangular shape, too, and the old-fashioned smoothness of its barely rippled petals. 4 feet, from a third-generation family farm in Michigan. Chart and care.
SGL-64 5/$4.50 10/$8.50 25/$19.50 50/$36 100/$67 SOLD OUT
PETER PEARS, 1958        It’s Back!
Named for a honey-voiced English tenor and pronounced “Peers”, this warm, summery flower is a harmonious orange blending to a golden throat (get it?) with a splash of strawberry. 4’, from Michigan. Chart and care.
SGL-05 5/$4.50 10/$8.50 25/$19.50 50/$36 100/$67 SOLD OUT
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