Gaillardia – Blanket Flower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Gaillardia – Blanket Flower

The satisfactory Blanket
Flowers deserve a place in all gardens. They are showy,
bloom under adverse conditions and are easy of culture.
The great improvement in colors which has gone on in
recent years is marvelous. There are both annual and
perennial species, both of which have become so varied
in their form and colors that the best test of a perennial
sort is to wait until Spring. If it lives through the
Winter and blooms the next year, it is perennial. The
perennial sorts are catalogued as Gaillardia aristata
The flowers are often clear rich
yellow or clear wine red, but usually the petals are
broadly margined with yellow and the remainder of the
flower is some shade of crimson. The centers of the
flowers are frequently a deep maroon.

UTILIZE. Gaillardias are
especially good for the perennial border where they
start to flower in June and continue after many other
flowers are killed by the frost. They are also prized
as cut flowers and for this purpose should be cut when
the flowers are slightly cup-shaped before the petals
have reflexed. Without apparent harm the flowers may
be kept. out of water in carrying them from one place
to another.

GENERAL. All persons who
have grown Gaillardias know that they bloom even during
protracted droughts. They prefer the full sun and a
sandy soil. Old plants have a tendency to become “blind,”
that is, they grow nicely but produce no flowers. Such
clumps should be dug and divided.

PROPAGATION. When raised
from seed they do not bloom unless started very early.
They are easily raised, however, the seed germinating
in five to eight days.

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