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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.

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GLORIOUS GLADSSampler

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

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
10/$8.50
25/$19.50
50/$36.50
100/$68
250/$153

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, care, and learn more.

SGL-01
5/$5.50
10/$10.50
25/$23.50
50/$44
100/$82

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

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. Our supplier has stopped growing Fidelio and we are looking for a new source. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-11 5/$5.50 10/$10.50 25/$23.50 50/$44 100/$82 SOLD OUT

GREEN LACE, 1961Rarest

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, care, and learn more.

SGL-47
3/$12.50
5/$20
Limit 5, please.

LUCKY STAR, 1966Rarest

Fragrance in glads is as rare as hen’s teeth. Although a few wild ones have it, breeding it into modern glads has proved difficult. In fact, ‘Lucky Star’ was the only fragrant seedling to come from many years of crosses made by New Zealander Joan Wright using garden glads and the even more fragrant Abyssinian glad. Its bold, angular good looks are a bonus, and night-flying hawk moths love it. 4 feet, from Maine. Chart, care, and learn more.

SGL-43
3/$12.50
5/$20
Limit 5, please.

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

PETER PEARS, 1958

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. Excellent for adding some color or a little height to any garden. 4’, from Michigan. Chart and care.

SGL-05
5/$4.50
10/$8.50
25/$19.50
50/$36
100/$67

PRISCILLA, 1977

We’ve never offered a bulb from the 1970s before, but when eight of our Maine-grown glads were lost to a brutally hot, dry summer, and two of our Dutch-grown heirlooms went commercially extinct, we knew it was time for ‘Priscilla’. White with ruffled, bright rose petal edges and a lemon-yellow throat, this is not only a gorgeous glad, it’s an unusually hardy and enduring glad – and an heirloom of the future! 4-5 feet, from Michigan. Chart and care.

SGL-67
5/$5
10/$9.50
25/$21.50
50/$40
100/$74

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