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Blankets of Flowers ~ Gaillardia

Blankets of Flowers ~ Gaillardia

Posted by Emerald Coast Growers on Sep 27th 2023

A backbone of the sunny border, Gaillardia is loved worldwide for its array of bright, cheerful, daisy-like flowers.First-year flowering, the long-lasting blooms of Gaillardia, a.k.a. "Blanket flower" cluster in the warm end of the spectrum. These tough, drought-tolerant perennials are American native, and most varieties are hardy for Zones 3-10.Pictured above:Gaillardia a. SpinTop™ Orange Halo PP29205Intense orange petals with yellow tips that form a halo around the flower.Gaillardia a. SpinTop
“Why do you think I have this outrageous accent?” (Gaillardia Part 2)

“Why do you think I have this outrageous accent?” (Gaillardia Part 2)

Posted by John Friel on Mar 8th 2021

So you think Latin names are difficult, you silly English-speaking person? Hah!Let’s examine first a popular perennial, then the less-familiar story behind its name. GaillardiaA backbone of the sunny garden, “blanket flower” is known and loved world-wide for its array of bright, cheerful, often bicolor blooms.Complex daisy-like flowers feature a plethora of petals with toothy, pointed or fluted tips. Puffy gold/red centers remain attractive and interesting even after petals fade. As you mig

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