Gladioli - Dame Edna's Delights Plum Tart

Luxuriant summer colour.

 
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Seductive, plum purple petals with a velvet sheen. These deeply coloured petals work well with other rich reds and purples. They are an absolute stand out with silver foliage – behind a clump of Artemisia would be dreamy.

Gladioli are hardy and reliable flowers that can be easily timed for a succession of tall summer colour. A trick of the trade is to plant your Gladioli bulbs in batches over a few weeks. This will extend the flowering show. When planting in warm weather allow 90 days to flower and cooler weather 110 days.

Gladioli are ideal in clumps or woven through beds, they combine well with Lilies, Salvias and Cornflowers.

Gladioli bring a dimension of height to your garden and come in a huge array of shades so there is something to suit everyone and every garden colour scheme. The bulbs are easy to plant and don't require a lot of fuss.

Ensure you plant your Gladioli bulbs deeply enough, this will reduce the need for staking. Gladioli like a sunny position and you need to ensure you keep them moist when they are in flower for best results.

The flowers of Gladioli are excellent for picking, we recommend picking them as the first bud opens to get the longest vase life from them. It is also a good idea to pick in the morning, when their moisture content is high, before the heat of the day.

Code

GLBPT

Botantical name

Gladiolus grandiflorus

Height

1-2m

Width

10-15cm

Flowers

Summer

Climate

Cool to Sub-Tropical

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

3