GAILLARDIA

The annual gaillardias revel in sunshine and a sandy loam for root run. Their dark crimson or yellowish flowers are distinctive. Sow in April to flower in July or August until November. Gaillardias are quite easy to raise from seed by sowing thinly in sandy soil. They dislike crowding whether as seedlings or fully grown. The rich coppery-red variety aptly named Indian Chief is one of the best. The perennial gaillardias should be planted in March to produce a supply of large, daisy-like yellow and crimson flowers throughout the summer. A sandy loam and a sunny position suit them. In wet winters they sometimes fail to reappear in spring, hence the advisability of March planting. The clumps may be lifted and divided in spring. Good varieties include Ipswich Beauty, deep yellow and crimson to about 3 ½ ft. and Wirral Flame, a warm cardinal-red, which is excellent for cutting. There are also dwarf gaillardias which grow to about 9 in.

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