Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus)

The Victorians loved Acidanthera murielae – a cousin of the gladiolus – for cut flowers, and it's easy to see why. It has a wonderful scent and lasts brilliantly in the vase. More
15 corms 209112-15 £3.50 Delivery late February
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30 corms 209112-30 £5.95 Delivery late February
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100 corms 209112-100 £16.95 Delivery late February
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1 x 2 litre plant (10 bulbs per pot) 511222-2L £7.95 Delivery early June
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The Victorians loved Acidanthera murielae – a cousin of the gladiolus – for cut flowers, and it's easy to see why. It has a wonderful scent and lasts brilliantly in the vase.

It has become my staple autumn flower for cutting, I couldn't be without it. One of the best statuesque and scented flowers for a large container. These Ethiopian native Peacock Orchids are hugely recommended.

Full instructions for planting these corms will be sent with your order.

Genus Gladiolus callianthus
Type Tender Perennial Corm
Common Name Acidanthera murielae, Abyssinian gladiolus
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 10/+

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Soil Type Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 100cm (39in)
Care Tips If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter. Put them out again next spring after danger of night frosts has passed. Plant 15 corms per average 30cm pot.
Flowering August - October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus) reviews

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Reviewed 25th November 2018 by Rosalind

Excellent value. The flowers and perfume were amazing and much admired. I will buy more. Really enjoyed them.

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Reviewed 24th November 2018 by Nicole

Plant performing very well.

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Td Horler

These all flowered for a long period and looked good.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Juliet

I truly love these! So easy to grow and fabulous flowers that looked stunning.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Helen

Attractive flowers that looked great in a pot

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Stephanie

I grew these beauties in pots and they performed brilliantly. Gorgeous scent and elegant, longlasting flowers. Much admired by all.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Elizabeth

These were the largest corms I have ever received and they flowered beautifully. They are planted in pots in a sunny but sheltered position and the foliage is still healthy and green.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Janis

Delivery was prompt and the bulbs were in lovely condition

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Elfreda

Friends have said Acidanthera murieliae are capricious, and sometimes come up blind.. these were perfection for a long time.. I put 100 into five large pots and they looked, and smelled, wonderful.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Lynnette

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Helen

Good corms which have produced stylish and eye-catching leaf blades but only about 60% flowered. That could be due to the position I planted them in. I'll be trying more in other places next year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Penelope

All of the bulbs that I purchased from Sarah are brilliant. They are always top quality and perform really well. They are well packaged and delivered promptly

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Carol

A great success with lovely scent.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Gillian

Hadn't tried these before, very pleased.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Jo-Anna

They grew really well & flowered for weeks giving a wonderful show

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sue

Very pretty little pink and white flowers on tall rigid stems. Related to gladioli but much smaller so need to be grouped got hest effect. I would buy more in future.
It arrived with all bulbs in one pot and no instructions as to whether they should be divided before planting. I planted all together. They were quite late flowering, well into September.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Caroll

I planted the 100 Acidanthera bulbs into 10 pots in June and from September to November I had an amazing display of highly scented flowers which I placed at intervals in the borders .Every bulb flowered!

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Pippa

Fabulous plants they look absolutely stunning and flowered for ages. I think they will definitely become a mainstay of my garden.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jane

Arrived promptly with clea planting instructions.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Judith

I have never been able to grow these so well before. They have been a wonderful sight in my windy Edinburgh garden and also in a friend's in Oban. Thank you!

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jean

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Lesley

Brilliant show from these

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jane

Great bulbs and lovely flowers

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sally

I have a small knot garden full of Margaret Merrill roses. The acidenthera compliment beautifully

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Michael

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Michael

All the corms were successful producing beautiful flowers however planting instructions could have been a little more helpful as those in pots suffered in pots due to brisk winds. maybe they should be planted deeper.

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Reviewed 9th November 2018 by Janet

Brilliant collection still blooming

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Ann

My favourite bulb, I had some success over wintering them but not all of them flowered a second season. I'll have to think of them as an annual bulb but will always buy them yearly.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Carol

Some in pots and some in the garden. The one in pots grew to over a metre tall and both flowered for weeks on end. No scent though.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Manori

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Lina

The bulbs all produced leaves but many did not produce flowers and the flowers did not last very long

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Reviewed 1st November 2018 by Carolyn

Amazing flowers an exciting addition to my garden!

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Hilary

Great performance! I've grown them in a large pot and they flowered for weeks. Strong upright flower stems.

Beautiful flowers

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Reviewed 24th October 2018 by jane scott

They are incredibly graceful and truly beautiful. They are still flowering in mid October.

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Reviewed 18th October 2018 by Roger

Very good and plants flowered well

Amazing!

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Reviewed 14th October 2018 by Angela Tickle

Two months of absolutely beautiful elegant flowers smelling of Frangipani to remind me of my childhood, what more could I ask for? I only planted 15 corms in a pot but they looked sensational on the patio. A new. hot favourite. Hugely admired.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Pamela

The 100 corms easily filled three large pots. The leaves grew robustly, and in July beautiful delicate white flowers appeared. They stayed for about a month. The leaves still remain [mid-October], although they're very exposed to north-easterly winds. I'd thoroughly recommend these plants.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Mary

These never do flower 100% but they are showy at this time of the year and excellent late summer flowers.

Huge success

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Reviewed 9th October 2018 by Angey Watson

I echo all the excellent reviews on these fabulous bulbs. They have flowered constantly since August and only now am I looking at the last of the flowers. They have been hugely admired and I'm convinced will be extensively copied if comments are anything to go by.

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Linda

As previously mentioned all of the collections I ordered were beautifully packaged and grew as described in the brochure.
I could not have been more pleased.

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Nevil

Absolutely beautiful, every has commented on them, so graceful and long lived. I’m glad your booklet warned about being patient to see them bloom, but when they did, wow!

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Lyn

These are really beautiful, and still flowering

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Janet

Always enjoy these early Autumn flowering bulbs which I grow in pots. They look good amidst other pots of grasses, Box balls and a pointed potted Box plant. They were planted later than they should have been, but the warm autumn weather ensured they have flowered profusely and with their usual steadfast elegant beauty.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Dave

Love the Gladiolas and never fails to produce great displays.

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Reviewed 24th September 2018 by Constance

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Ruth

I’ve had a wonderful display of acidanthera in pots. Long flowering.
I hope I can keep them for next year!

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Gillian

The ordering and delivery went very smoothly and the Acidanthera have flowered for weeks and are beautiful.

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Rebecca

Planted in various places around the garden and they've all come up and they have been flowering continuously for a couple of months

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Anne

Spectacular display which have been greatly admired

Beautiful but much larger than 100 cm

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Rebecca Cronshey

These are stunning additions to the garden but they are absolutely enormous! Much larger than 100cm, I'd say mine have easily shot up to 150cm

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Beryl

very good, lovely fragrance. Definitely purchase again next year

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Irene

The bulbs performed fine.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Rebecca

Fabulous and very reliable. I grow these each year and eagerly watch them all summer, waiting for the flowers to come out in autumn just when everything else is starting to look a little tired. The leaves look great squeezed into the tiniest gaps between other plants in midsummer, making everything look lush and a bit jungly. Then I trim everything back a bit just as the first autumn rains come along, and suddenly the borders are full of these little beauties!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Brenda

Planted on the edge of the border and love it's 'nodding' feature. Good at the time of the year when other flowers have finished blooming

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jane

Gorgeous blooms with film star looks!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jackie

They are beautiful flowers which have flowered for an extremely long time. They bring me a lot of joy and happiness everytime I see them. Will certainly be buying some more. They're gorgeous

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julie

Beautiful now that they are in flower but they have been extremely late this year!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

Elegant and classy flowers and scented too

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Cherelyn

Leaves really healthy but still waiting for flowers to appear. Recently fed with tomato feed but still no sign of flowers. I have not tried growing these before.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by James

Planted in two separate large pots with petunias, the Acidanthera have been flowering prolifically for 6 weeks and are still flourishing. A wonderful show!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Caroline

Always wanted to grow these and finally got some this year. I started mine off in compost and then planted out when they'd got going in about June (just as the drought hit but they came through fine with minimal watering) and they are wonderful. I hadn't realised how scented they are. They don't flop either and are in front of a dark pink hydrangea which they complement well. I will be ordering plenty more.

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Reviewed 18th September 2018 by Helen

Fantastic bulbs we have 2 pots flowering beautifully in late September.

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Reviewed 15th September 2018 by Judy

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Mrs Dix

these have come up but have no flowers .The service from Sarah Raven is always good and I have pllaced another order with them recently.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. In our experience acidanthera may not start to flower until late August/September so hopefully you will see flowers shortly. If this is not the case please contact our Customer Services Team at info@sarahraven.com."

Posted 7th November 2018

Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus)

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Jan Wilson

I love this plant I bought too many for my garden and gave some to a friend .We both planted in June and like magic have been rewarded with a brilliant late summer display- not the promised scent though. I don't care it just makes you smile

Fabulous

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Mary Smith

Planted quite late sharing 30 corns between a blue glazed pot and a terracotta one.
They have performed brilliantly for many weeks and continuing, giving a statuesque display. Very impressed that despite being located in a windy location there is no damage and the flowers keep coming. Having seen these flowers in pots at Sissinghurst (just up the road for me) have always promised myself to plant some up and so glad I did this year. Will keep in the greenhouse over winter and hopefully a repeat performance next year. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Katherine M Downes

Not as many flowers as I had last time I planted these from S. R.
Kept them watered throughout drought.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Joy

Absolutely delighted with the bulbs and the plant,I haven't grown them before,will certainly be ordering some more.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Joy

Absolutely delighted with the plant and bulbs,they have been

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Dena

Lovely addition to my white garden.

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Helene

A lovely plant well worth growing.

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Mrs Whitlock

Carefully packaged and bought in advance, these corms arrived safely and on time, with detailed, comprehensive instructions for planting, growing and lifting enclosed. Now blooming, they are stunning, such a joy to have these delicate, scented flowers at their best in September just when you thought the glory of the summer was fading. I planted 90 corms in May in huge pots for my mothers 90th birthday in August. She has watched them grow to a meter tall, and now come into flower, a thrilling delight!

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Barbara

Great blooms and delicious smell

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Louise

They have grown well but we are into September and they are not showing a single bud - I live in hope!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review . In our experience , Acidanthera normally start to flower from late August/September so you should see signs of buds very soon."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Mrs Seear

Brilliant! I just love them!

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Mrs Whelan

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Watts

Have been very pretty, lovely perfume

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sandy

I love these. Only just flowering now. Beautiful.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Barbara

I’ve just entered my pleasure with the Acidanthera in the wrong place, it would seem. See under gladiolus murel.......

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Alison

Beautiful flowers and lasted ages

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Lynne

I buy them annually and they always provide late interest in my garden pots. I have tried drying them and overwintering them but the flowers are not as large so I recommend buying new corms each year. The scent is gorgeous.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by THERESA

I have, in the past, had a great experience of planting Sarah Raven bulbs - the tulips have been amazing and the best I have ever had. I did not think that the acidantera were quite as good as last year and I have been disappointed with the bressera. For months I have had long thin limp leaves taking up valuable pot space - less than overwheming. Flowers are just starting to grow but even if they are very pretty I don't think they justify the straggly appearance for most of the summer.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Coral

They are the only flowers that survived the blazing hot summer and did not immediately dry out and fall off. Although they look fragile, they appear to be very robust. However I want to say here that I don't want any more notices saying that I only have one day to enjoy a special offer, I do not relate well to that kind of outdated salesman pressure, shame on you. Either give us time to consider properly or don't bother!

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Dr Nairne

As expected! See comments above

Stunning!

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Reviewed 23rd August 2018 by Angie

I planted 15 bulbs in a pot, waited until July and was amazed by these beautiful flowers. The scent reminds me of Frangipani dieting in the sun. It's now August 23rd and is still flowering, love it!

Acidanthera - just so delightful

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Reviewed 20th August 2018 by Chris Miles

These corms have had such a difficult journey - beastly winter; potted up due to late spring but then in pots for far too long due to ongoing heat/drought; followed by raging winds and torrential rains after setting out! After all this, I am absolutely delighted to see them open after rain today, sturdy stems and colours pure and sharp. Extremely elegant. Recommend. Thank you Sarah.

Acidenthera

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Reviewed 18th October 2017 by Ann Owen

Fabulous display and wonderfully scented. They made a majestic entry to my gazebo

Acidanthera

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Reviewed 27th July 2017 by Gabriella

Absolutely beautiful but absolutely no fragrance despite much vaunting of this characteristic. Where have I gone wrong?

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

We're sorry to hear that your Acidanthera are not fragranced as advertised, this does sound odd, and we are not aware of any similar issues.
Please do get in touch with our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or at info@sarahraven.com and they will more than happily look into this for you and advise.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 27th July 2017

No flowers

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Reviewed 8th March 2017 by Catherine Graham

Lots of leaves, but no flowers. So disappointed as they looked amazing at Sissinghurst. I put some in my sunniest bed and some in containers in my sunny courtyard, so not sure why. Any tips gratefully received as I have dug them up and debating whether to try again.

Never without these!

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Reviewed 6th March 2017 by Valerie Aston

I adore these and plant up another pot every year. They are so stately yet fragile, with the most wonderful scent. I would not be with out them. they look good on the patio as well as in the border.

Astonishing!

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Reviewed 14th November 2016 by Dushan Stojadinovic

Beyond any doubt one of my most favourite plants I've ever come across. Stunning and the fragrance is intoxicating and incredible. An absolute MUST! Thank you Sarah for introducing me to this flower.

Not so tender

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Reviewed 15th October 2016 by John Roberts

These magnificent plants give a fabulous autumn display and, down here In South Pembrokeshire, have not just overwintered but the clumps become larger every year.

Stunning

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Reviewed 1st August 2016 by Katherine

Mine flowered the last week of July in containers. It was a wonderful surprise. They are beautiful. I planted them in a plastic pot to bury in a terracotta pot that I sow other flowers like tulips at different times of the year. I put these in after the tulips finished end of May. Next year however, I will put them in later as all I had were the green leaves for two months before the flowers came.

Late starters

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Reviewed 17th July 2016 by Linda

I planted bulbs in two containers on my patio last year and they were absolutely stunning. I left them to over winter in the containers and decided this year that they had given up the ghost so replanted my containers with geraniums in mid June. To my surprise they have reappeared in all their glory and found their way through the geraniums. Amazing and most beautiful plants.

What a stunning surpise

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Reviewed 29th August 2015 by Hilary dedman

I had some concerns these were never going to flower but what a delightful surprise for the bank holiday weekend, they are stunning. I look forward to putting them In a vase with my dahlias

Worked this time!

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Reviewed 7th August 2015 by patricia mandeville

This year, planted in a different place I have a gorgeous display of these lovely flowers! Fingers crossed for next time.

My fault, I'm sure

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Reviewed 18th November 2014 by patricia mandeville

Well these didn't flower for me. At all! I planted them on a south facing bed, maybe too near a wall? Or maybe I didn't water them enough? Anyway, have dug them up and will replant in a different spot next year

Wonderful

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Reviewed 23rd September 2014 by Victoria

Was very a little sceptical about growing these as I have never seen them before. Planted as per instructions in a pot and after some time they began to pop up. I have been rewarded with a fabulous display and the fragrance is heavenly. Well worth growing - will be buying more.

Best scent ever!

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Reviewed 10th July 2014 by Venetia Peet

I have always loved the scent of Frangipanis..from childhood in Singapore, but these wonderful fragrant flowers surpass my childhood favourites! The only drawback is that they're not hardy and have to be protected over winter..but well worth it, once grown you will want them in your garden forever!