Gaillardia (Blanket flowers). C13

Gaillardia is a plant characterised by its drought resistance and colourful flowers.

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Drought tolerant and delightfully colourful, also called blanket flowers (Gaillardia) are short-lived perennials, famous for their profuse, long-lasting mounds of bright, single or double, daisy-like flowers on attractive grey-green foliage from early summer through autumn. Named after the native Indian blankets, whose colour pattern they resemble, their 5-7 cm wide flowers are a real magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Most of the Gaillardias admired in our gardens are hybrids, Gaillardia x grandiflora, resulting from a cross between Gaillardia pulchella (annual) and Gaillardia aristata (perennial) and combining the richly coloured flowers of the former with the perennial nature of the latter.

Blanket flowers are available in warm, festive shades such as yellow, wine red, orange or peach, and may be banded in combinations of red or orange with yellow. They can be single, double or semi-double and their petals can be frilly or in an interesting tubular shape. They are held above a clump of hairy, narrow, greyish-green leaves.

Gaillardia can grow in a compact mound up to 90 cm high, but most cultivars tend to reach 30-45 cm.

Gaillardia thrives in full sun, in medium, well-drained soils, on rocky or sandy sites. Although tolerant of dry soil, they prefer moist soil, but good drainage is essential. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant. 

Blanket flowers are easy care plants with few insect or disease problems and most are hardy in zones 3-9.

A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to enclosures, containers, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens or cutting gardens as the tall varieties make excellent cut flowers.

Easy to grow from seed in the garden after the last frost or indoors 4-6 weeks earlier.

Remove faded flowers to encourage more blooms.

Blanket flowers are usually relatively short-lived. Trimming the clumps back to 15 cm in late summer usually increases their chances of winter survival. You can also keep your plants vigorous by dividing them every 2-3 years in spring or early autumn.

Gaillardia is a plant characterised by its drought resistance and colourful flowers.

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