Contributed by Julie Kraus, Jewels Floral Studio

It hardly seems possible but August is here again. August seems to bring us the best of both worlds. The beautifully warm summer days in the beginning and the faintest hints of the coming autumn towards the end. 

August also brings with it an array of gorgeous flowers that typically bloom in late summer. Sunflowers, chrysanthemums, goldenrods, and zinnias are at their peak this time of year and will last until the first frost. 

Gladiolus are another spectacular flower we see in late summer and it happens to be the birth flower for August as well as the 40th anniversary flower. These bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days. 

Gladiolus, commonly referred to as “glads,” are available in a multitude of colors and usually grow between 2 and 5 feet tall which makes them stand out in any garden and make them a spectacular addition to bouquets. Their blooms also range in size—from “miniature” flowers less than 3 inches in diameter, to “giant” flowers greater than 5 inches across!

Glads symbolize strength and moral integrity. Glads also represent infatuation. Giving a bouquet of glads will convey to the recipient that they pierce the giver’s heart with passion. Striking and colorful with towering stems, this August birth flower and 40th wedding anniversary flower evoke the drama of Roman gladiators. In the language of flowers, gladiolus signifies remembrance. 

Including gladiolus in an August birthday or 40th anniversary bouquet will surely bring joy to the recipient and show them that you love them deeply and always remember them.