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All bulbs for spring 2020 are SOLD OUT! Thank you!

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‘Atom’, 1946

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 ‘Plum Tart’, yellow ‘Nova Lux’, vibrant pink and white ‘Priscilla’, and our pint-sized best-seller, ‘Atom’.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers. Gladiolus care.

COS-20 1/$12.50 2/$24 3/$34 4/$44 5/$54 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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-29 10/$8.50 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, care, and learn more. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-01 5/$5.50 10/$10.50 25/$23.50 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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-64 10/$8.50 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-05 10/$8.50 25/$19.50 50/$36 SOLD OUT

PLUM TART, 1976New

Scott’s favorite of all the glads we trialed in 2018, this ruffled, angular beauty almost vibrates with the intensity of its deep, saturated color. It’s also “amazingly healthy and prolific,” in the words of a top professional grower – and in gardens where ‘Atom’ is winter hardy, you may find that ‘Plum Tart’ is, too. 4 feet, from a third-generation family farm in Michigan. Chart and care.

SGL-09 10/$8.50 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-67 5/$5 10/$9.50 25/$21.50 SOLD OUT

TRADER HORN, 1972New

Red is the most iconic color for glads, rich, bold, and dramatic in the garden or bouquets. The elegantly smooth petals of this 1970s classic are a bright scarlet delicately brush-stroked with cream. It’s named for the Dutch trader whose autobiography is subtitled A Young Man’s Astounding Adventures in 19th-Century Equatorial Africa. 4-5 feet, from Holland. Chart and care.

SGL-25 10/$6.90 25/$15.60 50/$28.80 100/$53.40 SOLD OUT

WINE AND ROSES, 1976New

With its bold splashes of burgundy and white, this shell-pink beauty may remind you of exotic Miltonia orchids. It’s a traditional glad, larger than ‘Elvira’ but not too big, delicately ruffled, and like all glads it lasts and lasts in bouquets. 4 feet, from Michigan. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SGL-32 10/$8.50 SOLD OUT

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 (if you feel like it; it’s NOT a moral imperative!), you’ll soon have many more.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL — More and more gardeners today are rediscovering the charms of species and small-flowered glads. In 2006, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden asked Scott to extol his favorites in an article titled “Glads for Glad-Haters.”

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 1930s are very hard to find.

GLADIOLUS ARCHIVES — For customer tips and raves, the stories behind the bulbs, links and books, history, news, and more, see our Gladiolus Newsletter Archives.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS — Glads are easy to grow, doing best in full sun and well-drained soil. They’re most often grown as annuals, but they’re perennial in zones 8 and warmer — and often return in zones 7, 6, and even 5, according to many of our customers. See our complete planting and care info here and learn more about overwintering glads in the garden here.

THRIPS are one of the few pests that bother glads. They’re almost invisible but they can be devastating. Learn more.


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