My favourite plant this week would be the stunning Gladiolus purple flora. It is very hard to pick a favourite especially at this time of year, where the garden is just full of amazing coloured flowers. While walking along the long border it is the purple that catches my eye, and gets all my attention.
The Gladiolus purple flora (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name (plural gladioli).
Gladioli are half-hardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics. Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, longitudinal grooved leaves, enclosed in a sheath. The lowest leaf is shortened to a cataphyll.
These flowers can be variously colored, pink to reddish or light purple with white, contrasting markings, or white to cream or orange to red, but it is the purple variety that are so wonderful in the garden at Gravetye.
Words and photographs by Nadja
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