December 5, 2019

Good News

Gladiolus 'Good News'

Janine Pineo Photo | Gladiolus ‘Good News’

Frosty shades of pink make Gladiolus ‘Good News’ a welcome addition to the late summer garden. This summer-flowering bulb should be planted in full sun and will easily reach more than 3 feet in height, sometimes closer to 5 feet in optimal conditions, when the flowers start to bloom up the spike, about three months after planting. The sword-like foliage is the source of the name, taken from the Latin gladius for “a sword.” A glad couldn’t be easier to plant, just putting the corm — a relative of the bulb — into the ground several inches (we usually don’t go more than three) and covering it up. The rich green foliage makes a sharp counterpoint to bushier plants. And when that flower spike develops, the color continues for days as the blooms open from the base to the tip. As a genus, gladiolus is a curious one; of the 260 species, 250 are native to South Africa in one small region of the world known as the Cape Floristic Region, one of six floral kingdoms in the world.