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You’ll be really glad with gladiolus

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:48pm

By Margaret Griffin

Gladiolus are the most amazing performers, as they flower right through the summer.

Gladiolus will grow in any soil and in most aspects but it is true to say they will flower better in a good sunny position.

Dwarf varieties grow to a maximum height of only two feet.

You can plant them now as soon as the ground dries up. Plant them twice their depth and add some slow release fertiliser when you're planting. I prefer to plant about five corms in each hole.

These bulbs are great to fill in where you are missing some colour in your spring flowering shrubs. It is a great idea to stagger your planting, starting now, then some in March and more again in April, and your last planting in May. This will ensure you'll have colour right through to September.


This is a lovely addition to the garden with its long-lasting, fiery red blooms with dainty white markings. Each flower is adorned with small white accents, giving it a truly unique look.

Gladiolus Colvillei Mixed

If you would like brighten up your border or container, the mixed packet is filled with shorter stemmed varieties in a great array of colours to perk up the summer garden or use as cut flowers.

Taller varieties

The taller-growing varieties of gladiolus are also spectacular but they do need a sheltered place, or the support of a wall to protect them from strong winds.

I love growing them between tall shrubs and I don't have to support them as the shrubs act as a support.

The taller varieties grow to a height of around four foot, so they really make a statement at the back of a border. These spectacular flowers bring a real 'wow' effect to your garden.

Wine and roses

This definitely oozes summertime, passion and romance. It presents its flowers in large numbers on each spike which open gradually over a period of time.

The softly-tinted rose-pink blooms of this beauty are lightly ruffled at the edges of this delicate-looking flower.

The finishing touch is a pair of deep wine-red hearts emblazoned on the lower side of the flower.

Peter pears

These are easy-to-grow and spectacular, with rich with peachy blooms darkening to a red centre. Luscious and delicate, the colour is a great complement to the blues and violets in a summer garden.

They stand tall at 56-60 inches.


If you would like any advice on your garden or patio, email pictures to Margaret at and we will help design a garden to suit you.


Phone Griffins Garden Centre 021-7334286 or visit for details about becoming a Griffins member.

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