Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #3
If you like a dash of fiery color in your garden, the blanket flower, or gaillardia, may be just what you're looking for. Most varieties are perennials and bloom profusely year round in temperate climates. Where the winters are more extreme, they will bloom all summer. They are drought tolerant and grow even in poor soil.
This member of the sunflower family is native to North America. It grows 1-2 feet tall and has a tendency to spread in a rambling manner, which makes it a good bulb cover. Another major plus is that once the petals have fallen away from the flower, the seed heads are still attractive. Once they have completely dried, you can gather them from the plants and sprinkle them elsewhere for endless new plants, which are easily thinned and transplanted.
The variety pictured is "Goblin", both blooming and going to seed.