Annual Gaillardia (half hardy annual)

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The Annual Gaillardia or Blanket Flower is an excellent plant forcutting and garden display but it is not a popular choice. One reason is that there are several other annuals with yellow and red Daisy-like flowers, 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 or sow outdoors in April in mild districts.

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