Commonly known as the Blanket Flower, Gaillardia x grandiflora is a great summer blooming perennial border plant. Gaillardia will suffer in heavy clay soils, plant in well-drained sunny locations. Gaillardia flowers continuously with out the need to dead head.
Susceptible to leaf spot, powdery mildew and leafhoppers to minor degrees. Growing 2-3′ tall this perennial has an impressive 3-4″ flower head and is hardy in Zones 3-10. A great choice for areas that have high summer temps and dry soils.
A few notable cultivars:
- ‘Baby Cole’ – Dwarf. Less than 8″. Red flowers with yellow margins.
- ‘Burgundy’ – Large 24-30″. Burgundy red flowers.
- ‘Dazzler’ – 24-36″, Yellow flowers with maroon centers.
- ‘Kobold’ – also referred to as ‘Goblin’. 9-12″. Red flowers with yellow margins.