gladiolus or perhaps sword lily?
Take your pick, it does not change their beauty.
I´ve always loved Gladioli, and the firts one ever planted in 2006, was the beautiful yellow `Nova Lux´. Since then, many nice widespread varieties have been planted.
As they are not dug up for winther, some die while others sprout and florish every year.
There is an ever coming problem named thrips, some nasty little buggers with a big attitude. These tiny little things suck up nutrients from the plants, damage the corns and prevents flowers to open .
Biochemical warfare has been tried, but this did not worked well doe to cold and wet weather.
What has worked well for the past many years is basil, basil, basil.
The basil is either planted with the glads, or is used for making basil te, that is sparayed on the plants and surroundings.
Using garlic in the same way works wonders as well
This glad was attacked by thrips, but they were taken care of before it was to late. You can clearly see the white spots showing were the thrips sucked up the nutricients.
The glads in the garden are never dug up for winther, instead they are planted at a depth of 15 to 20cm. Some of them will get through the winther, while others do not.
I guess gladioluses are hardier than we think.