The Annualor Blanket Flower is an excellent plant forcutting and garden but it is not a popular choice. One reason is that there are several other with yellow and red Daisy-like , but the double Gaillardia is a novelty. It is also an untidy plant, but a few twigs will keep it in order. Remove dead blooms to ensure autumn flowering.
VARIETIES: The basic Annual Gaillardia is G. pulchella which bears large, yellow-edged red flowers. These blooms are single – a better plan is to choose one of the double-flowering hybrids. The ball-shaped blooms are very colourful and are available in a variety of plant heights. G. pulchella lorenziana grows 2 ft high – ‘Lollipops’ is a 1 ft dwarf.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1-2 ft.
Spacing: 9 in. -1.5 ft.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique oroutdoors in April in mild districts.