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Gladiolus tristis
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Gladiolus

Sword Lily

These are not the easily obtainable hybrids—you can find those elsewhere. The beauty of our native South African selections comes from the handsome sword-shaped leaves and spikes of unfussy, often flaring blooms.

Belonging to the Iridaceae family, Gladioli have long been associated with strength of character, and we think its strongly upright, yet graceful presence can fashion an intriguing see-through veil for any border. Place them in a well drained site and, after the bloom is over, support strong corm development by reducing water and trimming the stems to just beneath the lowest flowers. Provide winter protection in colder areas.

Gladiolus tristis full sun

So dainty and exquisite, this South African native is one of our favorite spring blooming bulbs. Rising from a stand of tall, rushlike narrow leaves, each flowering wand produces a trio of upturned, creamy yellow, tubular blossoms. Stippled with bronze and green, the large and lovely, flared flowers give off a sweet almond scent. For an untamed look, plant amidst grasses such as Sesleria and Miscanthus ‘Little Kitten’ or for contrasting foliage try Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 3'–12" high wide; hardy to zone 8.

Gladiolus tristis (P-1125)
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Has the drought got you down? Are you thinking about ripping out your lawn or other water thirsty plants? Don't worry! Digging Dog Nursery is recognized by Dave's Garden as one of the top five mail order nurseries for our wide selection of drought tolerant plants. We carry a fabulous variety of Cistus, Euphorbias, Thymes, Sun Roses,  Sedums, Kniphofias, Origanums, Eryngiums, Lavender, and hard to find, lesser known grasses such as Poa cita, Pennisetum, and Schizachryiums.

Consider planting waterwise groundcovers between your existing plants, or positioning plants close together to reduce the amount of exposed soil. This in turn will reduce evaporation. Heavy mulching with organic matter will also conserve and retain moisture. Compost, well rotted manure or humus from a local dairy or vineyard can benefit your garden in several ways: weed suppression, water conservation and fantastic fertilization!

Try to be conscious with your water use, remember that selecting a drought tolerant plant is only the first step. Once it is established, deep and frequent waterings help train the roots to grow down rather than out, preventing crown rot and helping your plant become much more drought tolerant in the long run. If the drought becomes very severe in your area, a hard and aggressive pruning combined with a heavy mulch can work wonders in preserving your precious perennials!

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We love Geranium 'Buxton's Variety' for it's luminous white eyes. Try pairing it with golden foliage such as Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns' or Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'. Each summer this eye catching gem puts on a nonstop show. Large, illuminated white centers with dark stamens highlight captivating spode-blue flowers as they linger just above the luxuriant, slightly mottled foliage. An elegant addition to the border, back ‘Buxton’s Variety’ with Kniphofia ‘Naudes Nek’ and Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’.

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