The blanket flower, gaillardia, is a daisy-like bloom with firey rings of red, orange and yellow banded across its petals. With a chartreuse green and purple center, these lanky perennial beauties add height and fill out sunny garden spaces all summer long. Plant them with care and you will enjoy gaillardia for years to come.
Choose a location in full sun with well drained soil. Gaillardias are sun lovers and will thrive in as much heat and direct sun as you can give them.
Prepare the soil by cultivating it to a depth of 12 inches. Perennials benefit from soil that allows room for roots to spread out. Mix in organic compost to provide nutrients over time, as perennials tend to be light feeders.
Plant gaillardia starts 12 to 18 inches apart. The bushy lance leaved foliage and tall stemmed blooms of gaillardia will quickly grow 2 to 3 feet tall and just as wide.
Water well and supply additional water in the hottest, driest days of summer. Take care not to over water, as root rot can be a problem with gaillardia.
Stake tall varieties, typically any that reach taller than 2 feet. Staking helps prevent premature bloom loss through stem breakage or bending during bad weather.
Remove spent blooms throughout the season to ensure continuous color.