Gladiola are grown from bulbs planted in the autumn. By planting it forward, we have all the expectation of summer blossoms. Gladiola come in many, many colors and are easy to raise. These would be a great kid's project of choosing, planting, anticipating and then being the proud gardener. How fun to plant a row for Grandma in her garden, or in the sideyard. And kids (and all the family) can look forward to the next summer's blooms as the bulbs will continue to produce flowers annually.