The Gaillardia sp. (Blanket Flower) is a popular North American flowering plant renowned for its vibrant petals and drought-resistant nature. It is a low-growing small shrub, usually reaching heights between 2-5 ft. As it can be grown in USDA hardiness zones ranging from 9-11, it is an easy-to-maintain and reliable producer of bright red, crimson, and vinous flowers throughout the growing season.
When it comes to caring for the Blanket Flower, it is important to note that it enjoys plenty of both sunlight and water throughout its optimal growth period. For best results, it is recommended for this plant to receive at least 6 hours of full sun per day, and regular moderate watering. If the temperature threatens to hit the 30s F, then this plant may still survive, however, it's best not to push its luck by allowing it to be exposed to temperatures much lower than this. Furthermore, this plant can also be successfully grown in pots in colder regions, as the roots and foliage will only need to be protected from low temperatures.
From June to the onset of frost, the Blanket Flower produces an abundance of yellow and orange composite flowers, which give any garden a sense of brightness and open up into delicate fringed rays. In the right environment, even though it is an annual, this plant re-seeds itself, ensuring a continuous crop of vibrant blooms for many growing seasons to come.
No matter the size of your outdoor space, the Gaillardia sp. (Blanket Flower) adds a vibrant pop of color that is easy to care for and provides reliable splashes of color for many years. With its low-maintenance requirements and bright color display, it is a popular choice for many gardeners.