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Gladiolus are a classic cottage garden favourite with spires of fun and flouncy flowers. The species and cultivars of hardy glads are a little bit smaller, a little bit more delicate in appearance, and a little bit more beautiful (I think) than the big cultivars that need to be lifted. I think it's time for a comeback for the genus Gladiolus through a discovery of these wonderful, hardy versions.

Below you'll be introduced to the lovely species and cultivars we have in stock now as part of our Rare Bulb offerings.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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Glad for Hardy Glads

The wonderful thing about the world of plants is that there are always surprises. Though begonias and impatiens are mostly annuals, gardeners are surprised and delighted to discover that there are hardy versions, namely Begonia grandis and Impatiens omieana.

The same holds true for the Gladiolus. While most of the cultivars we are familiar with from this genus need to be lifted in the fall and stored in a cool, dry place, there are a variety of species, hybrids, and cultivars that are quite hardy, even down to zone 5 which makes hardy glads growable by a large number of Canadian gardeners. All they ask is that they be planted in a full sun location in a raised bed with free-draining somewhat thinner soils. They will then reward you with years of beautiful orchid-like flowers in summer bulking up over time to form sizeable and spectacular displays.

We are excited to offer a number of unique, rare and cutting edge cultivars and species of hardy glads for your gardening pleasure. And if you don't order them or come get them soon, Gary is going to take home all of the Gladiolus 'Atom' for himself!

Gladiolus nanus 'Halley' - Gladiolus nanus is a smaller, hardy gladiola native to Africa. 'Halley' has ivory florets with creamy centres. They have the benefit of a very long bloom period, taking little space to grow, such that they combine well with other plants, and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10. Gladiolus nanus 'Nymph' - Gladiolus nanus is a smaller, hardy gladiola native to Africa. 'Nymph' has orchid-like, white florets with pretty, hot pink markings on the lower petals. They have the benefit of a long bloom period, taking little space to grow such that they combine well with other plants, and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10.
SOLD OUT Gladiolus italicus - Gladiolus italicus is a smaller, hardy wildflower native to Europe and North Africa. It's delicate magenta flowers, arching away from the stems, make it an antidote to heavy, cultivated gladiolus and an excellent choice for bright spring colour. It is easygoing and naturalizes well. Gladiolus take little space to grow, so they combine well with other sun loving plants. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after the flower stalk is spent and mulch in winter. Zones 5-9. Gladiolus primulinus 'Atom' - Gladiolus primulinus 'Atom' is a 1946 hybrid with graceful, scarlet flowers with a white picotee edge. Hardy gladiola are an old garden favourite, offering contemporary gardens ease of care and interest for collectors of increasingly scarce heirloom varieties. Taking little space to grow, they combine well with other plants and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10.
Gladiolus recurvus hybrid 'Robinetta' - Gladiolus 'Robinetta'' is a 1958 hybrid notable for its blousy, magenta flowers streaked with white. Hardy gladiola are an old garden favourite offering contemporary gardens ease of care and interest for collectors of increasingly scarce heirloom varieties. Taking little space to grow, they combine well with other plants and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 7-10, possibly hardy to zone 6b.

These Gladiolus are available now for pick-up or shipping.

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