Although most experts say gladiolus won’t survive winters colder than zone 8, our customers kept telling us theirs were returning like perennials in zones 7, 6, and even 5.
So we asked our readers, “Have your regular glads survived zone-6 or colder winters? And what do you think made that possible?”
Many replied (thanks!), and now you can read what they said along with our conclusions at oldhousegardens.com/HardyGlads.
Although warmer, shorter winters are probably the biggest reason why so many glads are surviving in colder zones, other important factors seem to include:
reliable snow cover,
plenty of sun, and
the time-tested vigor of heirlooms.
To add your two-cents to the discussion, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d like to experiment with glads as perennials in your own garden, we suggest starting with the tough little one that our readers recommended the most: ‘Atom’.