aka Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata, syn. G. grandiflora
Gaillardias are easy to grow, first year flowering perennials that bring an exceptionally long season of color into the sunny garden.
Sturdy, well-branched, 14 to 16 inch tall perennials are covered in brilliant golden yellow flowers, which blend into peachy orange centers.'Mesa Peach' gaillardia plants begin flowering slightly earlier than other 'Mesa' series gaillardias, and will continue to flower all summer and into the fall. Winter hardy to zone 5.
Flowering up to 1 month earlier than other Gaillardias, the 'Arizona' series of Gaillardia plants begins flowering in late spring and continues until frost. The dwarf, 12 inch tall plants provide an abundance of 3-4 inch flowers their first year.
A 2011 All-America Selections Winner. Flowers are golden-yellow at the edge, apricot in the center. More subtle than its flashier kin, 'Arizona Apricot' is quite beautiful, and easy to blend with other perennials. Winter hardy to zone 2.
Hot mahogany-red flowers edged bright yellow. An All-America Selections Winner. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Rosy-red flowers tipped in yellow. a 2010 All-America Selections Winner. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Extra-large golden flowers with amber-red centers. Robust plants bloom continuously, from late spring, through early autumn. Grows 30-36 inches tall. Winter Hardy to zone 3.
This is a dazzling mix of some of the best gaillardia colors available. The plants grow 2-3 feet tall and flower continuously throughout the summer and fall. Easy to grow from seed and quick to flower. Winter hardy to zone 2.
Beautiful yellow and maroon bicolor flowers on dwarf, compact 12 inch tall plants. Good at the front of borders or in containers. Incredibly heavy flowering, easy to grow perennial. Winter hardy to zone 2.
These tough, easy to grow, heavy flowering, 2-3 foot tall perennials produce large solid burgundy flowers over a long summer and fall season. Winter hardy to zone 2.
The first yellow hybrid gaillardia from seed, 'Mesa Yellow' is especially vigorous, well-branched and early flowering. The 3 inch intense yellow, non-fading flowers appear the first year and cover the neat, uniform 18 inch plants over a long summer and fall season. A 2010 All American Selections Winner. Winter hardy to zone 2.
Flowers are gold banded red at the base. The amount of gold in the petals will vary according to growing conditions, the flowers always display more yellow tones than other bicolor gaillardias. Flowers will not fade even in hottest climates. Neat, branching, heavy flowering plants grow to 16-18 inches tall. Flowers the first year. Winter hardy to zone 5.
The huge 4 inch flowers have mango-orange petals with peach tips. Grows to 2 feet tall. 'Tokajer' is an outstanding, rarely offered selection. Winter hardy to zone 2.
How to Plant GAILLARDIA Seeds
Sow Gaillaria seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Light aids germination. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, in groups of 3-4 seeds spaced 12-18 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant. See Starting Seeds for more information.
Comments: Gaillardia plants flower stronger and longer, in full sun with moderate water. Gaillardia plants are tough; they are heat and drought tolerant, and rabbit and deer resistant. Gaillardias are first year flowering perennials, blooming continuously from late spring or early summer until frost. Blooms attract bees and butterflies, make excellent cut flowers. Gaillardia plants self-sow and are among the easiest perennial flowers to grow.