Gladioli are popular flowers for cutting gardens. You’ll find them in a variety of colors and in sizes that range from 2-6’ tall. Plant the corms in loose, well-drained soil that gets plenty of sun, and stake any tall stems that might be toppled by the wind. Once the flowers fade, cut off the stalks but leave the foliage, so the corms can store energy for the next growing season. Glads should be dug and stored in hardiness zones 6 or colder, or they’re likely to perish over the winter. Beautiful purple varieties include ‘Purple Flora’ and ‘Violetta’.