This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Among hardy plants of attractive appearance which one seldom sees in collections, is the Gladiolus communis. It flowers in June with the roses. It does not generally make such a strong growth as the tender kinds, but yet, in good soil, it pushes up to the height of two to three feet. The flowers are purple outside, with a lighter shading inside, and with a light cream stripe in the centre of the three lower petals. It is not common to see among tender kinds one of such a deep purple as is the color of this hardy one.