This Perennial is a Garden Hottie
April 1, 2009
Allan in Gaillardia, Perennial Plants, drought tolerant, flowers, hot colored flower, perennials

This is Gaillardia "Tizzy". Deep russet buds open to fluted ray flowers in red terra cotta with a hint of yellow. Image created by Skagit Gardens.

Gaillardia is another reliable perennial. This intensely colorful plant blooms from June to frost, makes a good cut flower and is drought tolerant. It grows 12 to 14 inches tall and wide and shows best when planted in full sun at the front of the flower bed. It does not like clay soil and older plants will not bloom unless they are dug up and divided every few years. New cultivars are introduced regularly. Most are variations on the same color theme and that makes it difficult to appreciate these new "models". However, some new types such as "Frenzy" and "Tizzy" have fluted petals with a vibrant, almost frenetic, distribution of color. These two varieties are responsible for a rekindled interest in this well-known but underused plant. The new cultivar "Burgandy" takes Gaillardia in a new direction. Its wine-colored petals make it stand out from all the rest. Butterflies love this family of plants and so will you, especially if you like warm shades of gold, orange and red flowers. This perennial is hardy in zones 2 to 10 which makes it welcome in most climates.

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