Order these spring-planted bulbs NOW for delivery in APRIL.

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.

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.
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.
BIBI, 1954        Rarest
Exotically patterned in a style that dates back to Victorian days, this small-flowered, vibrant pink glad is randomly flecked with rose, recalling batiked sarongs, the psychedelic 1960s, and – to quote the imaginative young son of one of our customers – “pink cheetahs.” 3-4 feet, from Maine. Chart and care.
SGL-17 3/$10.50 5/$16.50 10/$31 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 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 and care.
SGL-12 3/$8.50 5/$13.50 SOLD OUT
G. nanus ELVIRA, 1956        Web-Only
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.
FIDELIO, 1959        Web-Only
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.
GREEN LACE, 1961        Rarest
No matter how hard we try, we can never seem to capture the soft, juicy spring green of this small-flowered glad in a photo – so you’re just going to have to grow it yourself to see how wonderful it is. Daintily ruffled and cute as a button, it always draws ooos and ahhs in the garden and makes every bouquet more interesting. 3-4 feet, from Maine. Chart and care.
SGL-47 3/$12 5/$19 SOLD OUT
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