Gladiolas and delphiniums are stately spires of colorful beauty in the summer garden border. The glads are a mix of Grandiflora hybrids, but the only one I know by name is ‘Peter Pears’, the melon-colored bloom with the darker, coral throat. Pronounced “Peers”, it’s an heirloom named for an English tenor. I’d guess he sang beautifully. The Pacific Coast hybrid delphiniums (Delphinium elatum) are also from a blend and their gorgeous blues and purples just begged to be combined with the warm colors of these glads.