Gaillardia, also known as blanket flower, is a flower in the sunflower family Asteraceae. Native to North America, it’s a very easy plant to grow and is a nice addition to add when you make a bouquet of cut flowers.
Gaillardia can re-seed and sprawl through the garden. They can take full sun, and the mature size is 12 to 18 inches tall with a spread of 12 to 24 inches.
A bonus is that they will bloom off and on from summer into fall. It’s a nice addition to you gardens if you like various shades of red, yellow, orange, or peach. Once established, these are a drought-resistant plant.
They attract pollinator bees, butterflies and sometimes (if you’re lucky) hummingbirds.
Gaillardia is currently in bloom in the Butterfly Garden at Sarasota Garden, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts.
For information, go to SarasotaGardenClub.org or call (941) 955-0875.
Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens Chair, Sarasota Garden Club