Playful, extremely large, golden, fringed petals surround a prominent amber bull's eye center on this flower from Germany. Blooming profusely all summer, it makes quite a statement paired against coneflower and verbascum.
Sow outdoors in full sun in the garden after danger of last spring frost, preferably in well-drained, poor soil. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, depending on soil and weather conditions. THIN to stand about 15"" apart when seedlings are large enough to handle. Gaillardia is drought-tolerant. Deadhead plants for continuous bloom and divide the plants every 2 or 3 years in spring or fall.
Gaillardia is excellent for the middle of the border, for a cottage garden, and for naturalizing in a wildflower meadow. They are especially valuable for dry-soil areas, and are very striking when planted in large numbers. The blooms make terrific cut flowers.