In this mix
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Tender Perennial
- Border (Back)
- Broad Tolerance
- July - October, or 3 months from planting
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Sword Lily
- Full Sun
- Plant 10cm (4in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart in clumps or lines.
- Plant the corms 10cm apart and 10-15cm deep in clumps or lines. For containers, you can pack them in more closely. Plant a few every couple of weeks to give a succession of flowers through the summer and autumn.
We are in love with gladioli for planting, and arranging with our dahlias, every summer and autumn. They provide what Vita Sackville West taught us was so important for good plant design, the vertical minaret to the dahlias dome. And with ‘Chocolate’, you’ve got a colour so rich and glamorous, I can’t resist. It makes a triumphant combination with Dahlia ‘Perch Hill’, as shown here in a vase.
The petals are edible, they have a very mild flavour and can be used to decorate puddings and cakes
Water regularly during growing season and stake tall varieties. If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter. Leave them in their pots or take them out and dry.