Gaillardia Arizona Sun

£2.50

Large flower heads in fiery shades of orange, yellow and red. Excellent for attracting butterflies into the garden.

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Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a really striking Gaillardia producing large flower heads in fiery shades of orange, yellow and red. Excellent for attracting butterflies into the garden. Prefers a well drained soil in full sun. Very soil tolerant, creates a blanket of flowers in areas where other plants won’t grow. Height up to 30cm with a spread of 45cm.

Arizona Sun is red and yellow. Each three-inch single flower is mahogany red with bright yellow petal edges. The bright colors are similar to the desert sun in Arizona. Like many annuals, plants produce flowers continuously. Even the spent blooms are attractive as tufts of seed. When grown in a full-sun garden, Arizona Sun is a compact plant reaching only 8 to 10 inches tall, spreading about 10 to 12 inches

In warmer climates, blanket flowers in winter are allowed to continue to grow and add interest to the garden just with their foliage. In cooler climes, the best bet is to cut back the spent flowers and give the plant light mulch. By light, I mean one inch (2.5 cm.) of an organic material. This will give a gentle cover to the roots, but is not so thick that it will smother them and trap moisture. Many gardeners believe in pruning blanket flower plants back to about 1 or 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) from the ground. This is more an aesthetic approach to preparing blanket flower for winter. It is not important for the plant’s health, but it does increase their appeal when they arise freshly in spring without the old season’s dead growth around them. Blanket flower winter care is really up to you. If you consider yourself a lazy gardener, do nothing at all. If you are the tidy type, cut back the plants and mulch. In most zones the result will be the same.

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