Gaillardia- Blanket Flower

Annual and perennial plants with a prolonged flowering season.

Situation:

Annuals are grown in annual borders or in beds, the perennials unfortunately do not last very long and are therefore better grown as biennials.

Soil:

Sandy soil, reasonably rich; not too damp in winter.

Propagation:

Both the annual and the perennial species are sown from mid spring onwards. The latter can also be propagated by division.

Gaillardia hybrids: Perennial plants, height 30-70 cm; flowering season early summer to early autumn. The flowers are yellow with red or brown, the centre is darker. Cover in severe frost.

Gaillardia pulchella: Annuals, height 30-50 cm; flowering season mid summer to early autumn. The flower-heads are reddish purple with a yellow margin. Hybrids are frequently referred to as Gaillardia picta. ‘Lorentziana’ is a double form.

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