HARDY PERENNIALS: GAILLARDIA

An inherent fault in Gallardias is that they tend to flower themselves to death. This is less likely to happen on poor soils than in rich strangely enough, and the best way to avoid this is to cut hard back in August, so as to promote renewed basal growth. Flowering begins in June and for several weeks there is a real spate of flowers, soft petalled in bright yellow-red combination. Stems are apt to be floppy or top heavy, although seldom taller than 2 y2 feet. The roots are capable of producing new shoots, and if and old plant is spaded off 2 inches below ground, ample young plants will appear in due course. Old plants do not divide well or move well, and from seed a mixture of colours can be expected. Named varieties, raised from root cuttings include the self coloured G. ‘Croftway Yellow’, G. ‘Ipswich Beauty’, deep yellow with brown red zone, G. ‘Mandarin’ a glowing flame red, with only an outer margin of yellow, and G. ‘ Wirral Flame’ deep browny red. G. ‘Goblin’ is a pygmy, only 10 inches high, but with almost full sized flowers of yellow zoned brown red.

GAILLARDIA 'Wirral Flame'

GAILLARDIA ‘Wirral Flame’

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