Judges said the bulb is the one to plant this spring, for blooming this summer, choosing it on the strength of its appearance, versatility and ease of growing. It is an upright perennial with fragrant white flowers and distinctive purple markings in the throat. Its sword-like grassy leaves are about half as tall as the 45-60cm arching flower spikes. It flourishes when planted 10-16cm deep in fertile, well-drained soil and in full sun.
International Flower Bulb Centre representative Lucas Boreel said: "Gladiolus callianthus 'Murielae' has been selected as the 2008 summer-flowering bulb of the year in three countries: UK, the Netherlands and Italy. It is definitely a good choice as it is a reliable bulb, easy to grow and is aesthetically beautiful with its delicate flowers."