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Blanket flower

Gaillardia selections

Blanket flower

Blanket flowers are wonderfully cheerful, long-blooming plants for hot, sunny gardens. They produce single or double daisy flowers through most of the summer and well into fall. The light brick red ray flowers are tipped with yellow -- the colors of Mexican blankets.

Blanket flowers tolerate light frost and are seldom eaten by deer. Deadhead the flowers to keep them blooming consistently through the summer and into fall. Some species tend to be short-lived, especially if the soil is not well drained.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
1-3 feet tall
Plant Width:
6 inches to 2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Gaillardia 'Fanfare' offers bright red ray flowers tipped with yellow at the flaring mouth. This recent 14-inch-tall introduction blooms over a long period. Zones 3-8
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Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri is native to areas of Texas. It bears white flowers in summer and grows 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 7-9
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Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation' is a heat- and drought-tolerant variety that bears purple flowers all summer long. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 7-9
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Plant It With

Lamb's-ears provides a silvery soft blanket beneath the showy blanket flower blooms and enjoys the same cultural conditions.


The upright spikes of vibrant 'Crater Lake Blue' veronica complement the sometimes-gaudy daisies of blanket flower. Both thrive in sunny spots.


Blue salvia is long-blooming with silvery green leaves and long spikes of bright blue flowers. This partnership glows over many weeks.


Orange-flowering types of hyssop, with their airy flower spikes, provide a delicate foil for the blanket flowers, repeating the same color family but with a lighter texture.


The fine-textured foliage of thread-leaf coreopsis provides a refined contrast to blanket flowers, while its smaller yellow daisy flowers echo the shape and color.

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