How to Grow & Care for Gaillardia spp (Blanket Flowers)

Introducing blanket flowers into your garden is one of the best ways to beautify your homestead. They will cover your flower bed with daisy-like flowers resembling blankets. You’ll find blanket flowers in shades of orange, red, and yellow. Blanket flowers can grow 2 to 3 feet high and have a similar spread. So let’s see the available varieties, how to grow and how much care they require.

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Types of Blanket Flowers

Blanket flowers are in different varieties. Here are the most popular.

Arizona Red Shades

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This variety has stunning foliage, like its large crimson red flowers with yellow centers. Its blossoms are daisy-like, and they appear from June through Autumn. They have red petals with yellow tips. They’re ideal for attracting pollinators to your informal garden throughout the year. 

Arizona Apricot

This variety produces soft-orange flowers that have a yellow center and yellow tips. Its flowers are large and have multiple layers of petals enclosing a button-like center. Arizona apricot is a perennial flower that blooms from early summer into fall. It can attain about 12 inches in height and width.

Arizona Sun

This type of blanket flower resembles a sunflower. Its flowers have mahogany red color, yellow petals, and they can grow to 3 inches. This type of plant produces booms throughout the year. When grown in a garden that has exposure to full sunlight, this variety can grow 8-10 inches tall and spread by 10-12 inches. You can cut this flower and use it for summer bouquets.

Gaillardia Burgundy

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This variety has large wine-red flowers of about 3 inches in diameter. The flowers start as yellow flowers before changing to deep red. These flowers are rich in nectar. They’ll attract butterflies into your garden. Their blooming season is from summer to early fall. This variety will thrive in containers, beds, and borders and grow as high as 30 inches.

Gaillardia ‘Celebration’

This variety has spicy and scarlet blooms that brighten your garden from June to September. It has slim stems supporting its orange-red flowers with a touch of yellow at the petals. This flower variation can grow tall and spread to about 20 inches. This cultivar can be grown in containers, as a border plant, or cut flowers.

Blanket Flowers Care and Maintenance

Blanket flowers thrive in outdoor environments. Once they have grown, blanket flowers require less maintenance. They are heat and drought-resistant. Even so, you can water the garden once a week when it is extremely hot and dry. 

When the flowering starts to decrease, you can prune by about a third of its height to trigger fresh growth. Pruning it in late summer will encourage flowering through the fall.

Growing Blanket Flowers

You can propagate blanket flowers by sowing seeds into well-draining soil and covering them slightly with the soil. You’ll need to moist the seeds until they germinate.

Blanket Flowers growth Conditions

Light

They require full sunlight to thrive best. Growing blanket flowers under a shade will prevent them from flowering profusely.

Water

These plants are drought resistant. However, they require watering immediately after planting. The seeds will germinate when the soil has moisture. Avoid overwatering.

Blanket Flowers Pests and Diseases

Fungal leaf spot, powdery mildew, and aster yellows are common issues that will trouble these flowers. Check out your nearest agrochemical shop for the best treatment.

Conclusion

Blanket flowers will add a taste of beauty to your homestead. They are easy to plant and maintain. Introduce them to your garden today.

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