Gladiolus x colvillii 'The Bride'
In this mix
- Tender Perennial
- Border (Middle)
- Broad Tolerance
- May - July
- 60cm (24in)
- Common name
- Sword Lily
- Full Sun
- Plant 15cm (6in) deep, 15cm (6in) apart (slightly closer in pots)
- 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.
Pretty, delicate and invaluable for May pots and flower arrangements. I love this mixed with aquilegias in the garden and the vase.
Most gladioli you plant in the spring, but these species varieties you plant in the autumn. They also look wonderful in pots.
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. Lift after first frosts. If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter.