'CHOCOLATE' Sword Lily (Gladiolus dalenii x grandiflora 'chocolate')
Tones of cocoa, lavender, and deepest-violet blend in the blossoms of gladiolus 'Chocolate,' adding a luxurious presence to sunny borders. The rich purple-bronze colors are a beautiful match with the subtle coloring of Dahlia 'Cafe Au Lait' or the knockout pink flowers of Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill'. Spread planting over several weeks to have a longer flowering in the garden.
Gladiolus have been grown and loved by generations of gardeners. These summer-blooming bulbs produce elegant, 3-foot flower spikes with orchid-like blooms. They look spectacular in a vase and are suitable for growing in flower gardens, container gardens and even vegetable gardens.
Gladiolas are available in a rainbow of gorgeous colors, ranging from white, yellow, pink and lavender, to rose, burgundy, purple and even green. The bulbs are incredibly easy to grow. Just plant them in spring for flowers in late summer.
Shade and Sun: Gladiolus grow best in full sun, but will also flower in partial shade.
Zone: Gladiolas are winter hardy in zones 7-10. In colder zones they can be grown as annuals or the corms may be dug up in the fall and stored indoors for replanting the next spring.
When to Plant: Gladiolus corms may be planted from spring through early summer. The flowers bloom approximately 90 days after planting. Plants them over a succession of time to have a succession of blossoms later in the year!