Even though much of my focus this year had been about expanding the color palette in the yard, I still picked up quite a few of my favorite pastel peachy-pink varieties. One variety, called the ‘Forte Rosa’ gladiolus, has easily turned out to be one of my absolute favorites in bloom!
Most photos of ‘Forte Rosa’ gladiolus that I’ve found online show them in very soft and subdued tones. I was quite surprised to see how bright and vibrant that the flowers actually are in the garden. In addition to being absolutely gorgeous, this variety has also proven to be a magnet to the hummingbirds and bumblebees in my yard.
Each flower (floret?) on the spike has a much lighter center, which adds quite a bit of interest and appeal when used in cut flower arrangements. Ideally, I should have picked these stems much sooner for use in vases, but I couldn’t help but want to simply enjoy watching their beauty in my flower beds.
Have you ever grown ‘Forte Rosa’ gladiolus before? If so, I’d love to hear all about your experience in the comment section below. Thank you so much for visiting the blog!