Summer bulbs are labor intensive, as they have to be dug and stored each fall; however, they add immeasurably to the diversity of the summer garden.
All tropical plants must be kept from freezing and stored in a state of dormancy. Lack of warmth inhibits growth, which is why cool temperatures are best.
Think now about opportunities to layer more plants in your own landscape next year.
The name "gladiolus," is from a Latin word meaning "little sword" because of the shape of the plant's leaves.