There are a number of good varieties of Gaillardia grandiflora, the hardy perennial type, which have no special cultural needs. To obtain a really good stock of plants it is essential to secure them from a reliable source, since for the most part plants raised from seed do not come true to colour. One exception is ‘Dazzler’, which does come more or less true from seed.

For preference select a good sunny situation, where the soil is of an open texture without being too sandy. It is essential to avoid waterlogged conditions during the autumn and winter, otherwise the crowns may damp or rot off. If it is possible to purchase plants which have been grown in pots, so much the better, for sometimes stock secured from the open ground takes time to settle down, especially if it has been necessary to procure from a distant place, where the climatic conditions are very different from those in one’s own district.


Propagation can be carried out by taking cuttings of sturdy basal growths in March or April, or in the summer. Plants can be carefully divided in the spring, when seed can also be sown.

Whether new stock is required or not, established plants should be divided every 3 years, and the healthy outer portions replanted. Whilst it is unnecessary to grow a large range of named varieties of gaillardias, there is always a demand for those which are predominately yellow or mainly red, some of which have outer frilly petals.

‘Burgundy’ is reddish-brown, while ‘Ipswich Beauty’ which often grows up to 3 ft, is yellow and crimson. ‘Wirral Flame’ is a flame

mahogany, with yellow tips. There are one or two all yellows, but on the whole they are not so popular.

Cut the blooms before they are fully opened, and stand the stems in deep water for some hours before they are arranged.

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