Large Flowered Gladioli
Large Flowered Gladioli with tall spikes and elegant flowers are a must for summer. The plants are vigorous in constitution and lend themselves to unsurpassed floral arrangements, besides being excellent garden plants. (Corms).
A chic and sophisticated gladioli – ‘Espresso’ produces tall stems of velvet burgundy blooms to bring architectural drama to the summer border.
For fabulous contrast, grow this almost-black gladioli next to zingy green, frothy alchemilla mollis or euphorbia.
Stagger your planting in spring to extend the flowering season and ensure a steam of luxurious blooms between July and September.
Lift the corms when the foliage has died back in late autumn and store in a frost-free place ready to plant again next spring.
Tall racemes of vibrant cerise flowers open upwards during late summer from gladioli ‘Fairytale Pink’. The almost-neon blooms fade gently towards their centres adding a sweet softness to their bold look.
Excellent for cutting and adding a splash of vivid colour, height and drama to summer flower displays and large arrangements.
Gladioli are ideal for growing towards the centre or back of a deep border to evoke a colourful, cottage garden feel.
A fresh take on a garden and cut-flower classic, gladioli ‘Green Star’ delivers zingy energy to borders, containers, and arrangements. Like a crisp Granny Smith apple, the zesty, lime-green blooms are lush and refreshing. This unusual, versatile variety harmonises beautifully with any colour palette. The chartreuse petals provide the perfect counterpoint to dark, velvety hues and brightly coloured blooms; they offer a zingy foil to softer pinks, and blend seamlessly with pure whites. The linear, structural spires bring a contemporary feel and vertical interest. These reliable performers can be planted successionally, to ensure fabulous blooms from July to September.
In a sought-after shade of salmon-rose, gladioli ‘Jessica’ will bring warmth, glamour and height to your summer borders.
Known as the ‘Sword Lily’, gladioli bear grass-like, spiked foliage and elegant spears of ruffled blooms in summer. In a myriad of shades such as this beautiful coral-coloured variety, they make excellent cut flowers as well as great garden perennials. Cut when the first buds begin to open at the base for the longest vase-life.
Plant the corms in spring at weekly intervals, in rich, fertile soil for a prolonged display.
Named after the French for ‘light’, gladioli ‘Lumiere’ promises to illuminate summer borders with its exquisite spires of vivid blooms.
Sword-like foliage appears first in early summer before the eye-catching blooms emerge between July and September. In shades of plum, hot pink and lavender, the magnificent flowers are a feast for the eyes and are adored by bees and butterflies.
Excellent for cutting, the flowers open from the base of the stem upwards over several days. A bold and dramatic addition to a colourful, cottage-style garden or vibrant summer border.
Clusters of hot-red, velvet florets will burn brightly in borders during the latter months of summer, along elegant stems of handsome gladioli ‘Oscar’.
Prolong the bloom period by planting corms over several weeks in spring, into fertile, well-drained soil.
This lipstick-red, showy gladioli is an eye-catching choice for a jewel garden and is certain to impress in the vase.
Combine in the border with luscious burgundy-red perennials such as Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’ and Cosmos ‘Astrosanguineus’ for a luxurious look.
Named after the English tenor, gladioli ‘Peter Pears’ is an ever-popular variety of giant-flowering gladioli.
Large, apricot-tangerine blooms are overlaid in gold, with a scarlet tongue on the lower petals. This classic, stand-out gladioli appeals to so many for good reason, enhancing summer borders with its tasteful tones and handsome architecture.
Flowers from July to September in rich, fertile soil and a sunny location.
Looks beautiful when grown amongst soft, lilac-purple shades, or rich burgundy hues which will enhance the peachy tones.
The tri-coloured blooms of gladioli ‘Priscilla’ must be seen to be believed. Ivory petals glow with a golden-yellow undertone, and feature a hot pink, frilled trim.
This flamboyant gladiolus makes a bold statement in the summer garden where the colourful spires will dazzle in the border like divas.
Perfect for cutting and adding height and drama to floral arrangements. For the longest vase-life, cut just as the lowest ruffled blooms begin to unfurl.
Plant the corms in succession, over several weeks in spring to ensure a steady stream of pretty, flowering spires.
The opulent, royal-purple spires of gladioli ‘Purple Flora’ create a show-stopping, luxurious summer display when they bloom from July onwards. Large velvet blooms are clustered along tall, spiked stems, opening from the base upwards.
For a long succession of flowers, plant the corms over a period of several weeks during spring.
Traditionally used to add colour and texture to a busy cottage garden scheme, gladioli are also well-suited to more simple, modern gardens. Plant near the back of a border or large container with more airy plants at the forefront.
A fresh-looking gladiolus, whose ivory-lemon florets remind us of spring daffodils. Gladioli ‘Speed Date’ bears architectural flower spires in soft, creamy tones – perfect for bringing elegant drama to the summer garden.
Plant the corms of this illuminating ‘Sword Lily’ at weekly intervals in spring, to ensure a long succession of flowers from July onwards.
Well suited to traditional planting schemes as well as contemporary garden designs, gladioli ‘Speed Date’ also makes a fabulous, impactful cut flower.
Majestic spires of mandarin-red make gladioli ‘Traderhorn’ a summer show-stopper.
Plant these spectacular gladioli towards the centre or back of a garden border or large container where they will shine, adding drama and height.
A flick of white in the centre of each scarlet bloom serves to enhance the vivid colouring further.
Gladioli thrive in full sun, in fertile compost which is rich in organic matter. The corms can be lifted in late autumn, after foliage has faded, and stored in a frost-free place for planting again next spring.
A glamorous gladiolus in understated pure white form. Gladioli ‘White Prosperity’ is an elegant, architectural bloom for the summer garden, with chic, crisp ruffled blooms of pure white.
Plant in small groups through a wide border for spiked bursts of sword like stems and verdant foliage in summer. Even before the flowers have opened, the chevron pattern of buds along each pointed stem will add texture and interest.
A luxurious flower for cutting, if you can bear to spare a few stems from the garden.