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All About Gaillardia

Gaillardia Gaillardia or Blanket flowers add color and interest to your garden without requiring a great deal of work. Depending on the variety, they are available as annuals or perennials, and grow from one foot to three feet tall. Similar to daisies in appearance, they come in hues of yellow, orange and red and make a wonderful cut flower. They are commonly seen in wildflower gardens, where they attract butterflies and bees.

Growing Gaillardia

Gaillardia grows well in hot conditions, so choose a sunny location with soil that drains well. You can sow the seeds directly into the garden after the last frost, or you can purchase plants at most garden centers. Plants should be set about 12 to 15 inches apart, or seeds thinned to that distance after they have grown a couple of inches tall. They should be watered well when planted and while they are becoming established. Since they are quite drought resistant, it may not be necessary to water them too often during the summer, unless it is unusually dry. Removing the faded flowers will encourage the plant to continue blossoming until the first frost.

Every few years, it is a good idea to dig up the perennial Gaillardia, divide it and replant. If you do this in late summer or early fall, you will be rewarded with healthier, more prolific plants.