Gaillardia flowers are usually 2-3" wide and appear in early to mid-summer and last for many weeks. The daisy-like flowers are usually multi-colored with yellows, reds and oranges common. Blanket Flower foliage is typically green and is deciduous so don't expect winter color from this flower. The slightly hairy leaves are interesting from spring until winter frosts cause the plant to go dormant. Expect a mounding or slightly sprawling growth habit perfectly suited for containers or middle of the border from Gaillardias. Easy to grow, Gaillardia is usually happy as long as it is growing in full sun. Well-drained soil is preferred and drought conditions are tolerated once the blanket flower plant is established. No pruning or fussing required for the blanket flowers. Sometimes staking may be required. Division is rarely needed. Gaillardias mix well with any sun-loving plants. For a warm color border try mixing with Coreopsis, or Sunflowers. If you want a more varied color scheme try pairing with Echinacea, or blue toned flowers like hardy Plumage. Contrast with fine flowers or foliage such as those produced by Gypsophila, Yarrow or ornamental grasses.
- Common Name: Blanket Flower
- Bloom: Summer | Late Summer | Early Fall
- Growth: 18-24 Inches
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Water: Average