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5 Reasons to Grow Blanket Flowers

The Allure of Blanket Flowers:

A Kaleidoscope of Color, Resilience, and Beauty In gardening and horticulture, few plants can match the splendor and resilience of blanket flowers (Gaillardia spp.). With their vibrant hues, extended blooming period, and impressive heat and drought resistance, these flowers have captured the hearts of garden enthusiasts and professionals alike. Hailing from the sun-soaked regions of North and South America, blanket flowers have become a beloved addition to gardens worldwide for many reasons.

Heat and Drought Resistance:

Thriving in Challenging Environments One of blanket flowers' most remarkable attributes is their ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Native to areas with scorching sun and limited water availability, these flowers have evolved to thrive where many other plants struggle. Their impressive heat tolerance makes them ideal for gardens in regions with intense summer temperatures. Furthermore, their drought resistance reduces the need for constant watering.

Extended Blooming Period: A Tapestry of Color That Lasts

Blanket flowers are not just fleeting beauties; they are persistent bloomers that provide a stunning display of color for an extended period. Unlike many flowering plants with a short peak blooming time, blanket flowers can produce distinctive daisy-like blossoms from late spring well into the fall. This prolonged flowering period is a boon for garden aesthetics, as it ensures that your outdoor space remains a canvas of vibrant colors for most of the growing season. Whether used as borders, mass plantings, or focal points, blanket flowers can infuse a garden with a sense of dynamism and liveliness that few other plants can achieve.

Ease of Cultivation: From Seed to Splendor

For gardeners seeking a hassle-free and rewarding experience, blanket flowers offer a straightforward and gratifying cultivation process. Starting these flowers from seeds is remarkably easy, making them an excellent choice for those new to gardening or looking for a satisfying project with guaranteed results. The seeds can be directly sown into prepared soil after the last frost, and with minimal care, they will germinate and begin their journey toward becoming vibrant blooms. Their adaptability to various soil types further simplifies the cultivation process, making them versatile for multiple garden settings.

A Kaleidoscope of Beautiful Colors:

Nature's Palette at Its Best When it comes to color diversity, blanket flowers genuinely shine. Their blossoms come in a breathtaking array of hues, from warm and fiery oranges and reds to cheerful yellows and soft, delicate pinks. The distinctive bi-color petals often feature intricate patterns that resemble the artistry of a painter's brushstroke. These captivating color combinations add visual interest and depth to gardens, effortlessly complementing other plants and elements in the landscape. Whether used in monochromatic displays or to create vibrant color contrasts, blanket flowers offer endless opportunities for creative expression.

Cultivating Blanket Flowers: Tips for Success

To successfully grow blanket flowers and fully appreciate their beauty, providing them with the right conditions and care is essential. Here are some critical tips to consider:

  • Sun Exposure: Blanket flowers thrive in full sun, so ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Well-Drained Soil: Plant them in well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Sandy or loamy soils are preferable.
  • Watering: While drought-tolerant, young blanket flowers will benefit from consistent watering until established. Once mature, they require minimal watering.
  • Deadheading: To encourage continuous blooming, remove spent flowers regularly. This process, known as deadheading, redirects the plant's energy into producing new blooms.
  • Pruning: Consider reducing the plants in early spring to encourage new growth and maintain their compact shape.
  • Mulching: Applying mulch around the plants helps retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
  • Division: Every few years, you can divide mature blanket plants to rejuvenate them and create new plants for your garden.

 The allure of blanket flowers goes beyond their captivating colors; it encompasses their ability to thrive in challenging environments, their extended blooming period, and their ease of cultivation. These qualities make them a favorite among gardeners seeking color and life in their outdoor spaces. Whether you're a seasoned horticulturist or a beginner passionate about plants, blanket flowers offer a gateway to a world of natural beauty and botanical wonder. So, consider welcoming these hardy and dazzling flowers into your garden, and let them weave their colorful tapestry of charm and resilience.

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Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower is a perennial wildflower known for its vibrant, daisy-like blooms with red or yellow petals and dark center disks. Often found in prairies and gardens, it attracts pollinators and adds color to landscapes. Blanket Flower is the perfect choice when you’re craving warmth. This radiant wildflower with an extended blooming season will light up your garden with a kaleidoscope of glowing colors. There are roughly 30 species of the genus Gaillardia. Multiple legends surround the name. The simplest indicates that it comes from the tendency of these plants to blanket the ground with vibrant blooms quickly. Another suggests that the name comes from the way thriving patches of these plants are reminiscent of brightly patterned Native American types. One story links the inspiration for the plant's name to the gorgeous blooms that repeatedly appeared on the grave of a talented Native American weaver famous for creating richly hued blankets. The Blanket Flower's Vibrant Fiery Colors They are available in an array of hot colors. Yellows, oranges, peaches, reds, maroons, and burgundies are common. The flowers are intensely colored and framed by silver-green foliage that’s slightly hairy. The color is vivid and long-lasting. These plants bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and into the fall. Aesthetics Of It Generally, they have daisy-like flowers that feature multiple rays around a central disc. These rays can be in a single or double layer. There may be flat or trumpet-shaped petals. Some flowerheads offer a single, vibrant hue. Others boast bands of colors, resulting in a striking ombre effect. They send up stems with a single bloom measuring two and four inches. The plants typically reach heights of 12 to 18 inches, but they can grow up to 36 inches tall. Pollinators Love It Blanket Flowers are an excellent way to add more color to any space, and their blooms last well in gardens and vases. They are heat—and drought-tolerant and withstand deer, rabbits, and groundhogs while attracting bees, butterflies, and birds. Their ability to blanket the ground with a carpet of color makes them a popular choice for borders, roadside plantings, and ground covers. They also thrive in rock gardens, cottage gardens, and pollinator gardens. The Blanket Flower is known for its resilience, daisy-like appearance, and brightly burning colors. With varying color palettes, it is an ideal choice to add brightness and warmth to your garden. So today, we will spotlight this unique plant and describe why it would be a great addition to your landscape. The Beauty of the Blanket Flower  Their color is in the central disc, which can be made up of small fertile blooms. The center of the disc is typically yellow but graduates to a blazing red, maroon, or orange around the fringe. The daisy-like petals also adopt a deep red, burgundy, or pink coloration, where they meet with the disc but soften to a yellow or orange near the tip.  The blanket flower's hot color palette is reminiscent of summer warmth, commensurate with its summer and fall bloom times. The stem holds the bloom upright about 12 to 31 inches above the soil. The foliage is typically a silvery green that provides a natural counterpoint to the wild colors of the bloom head.  Their blooms are typically between 2 and 4 inches in diameter. The vivid colors command attention, making great statement pieces in gardens. While there are many theories about how this plant got its name, one posits that it comes from its ability to cover the ground it inhabits. Depending on growing conditions, they can be annual or perennial, making them an excellent choice for adding seasonal color to outdoor spaces.  Aside from attracting attention from visitors, they will also draw in butterflies and bees who love their nectar and seeds. Their complexion is inherently reminiscent of bustling life, and their natural role as hosts for pollinators keeps up with the theme of humming wildlife. This is an ideal plant to inject vibrancy and vigor into your landscape.  What Are the Benefits of Them?  They are an easy planting choice when you know about their practical benefits. Here are just a few of them:  Heat and Drought Resistant - They are naturally heat and Drought-resistant, which makes them a great choice if you want to spend less time watering. They adapt well to dry soils and are even resistant to the cold. Remember that they are native plants, so maintenance is generally low.  They Attract Pollinators-There are few things more fulfilling than seeing your backyard or garden brimming with natural life. They attract pollinating bees and butterflies, and the seeds that the fertile florets of the central disc produce are a food source for birds like the goldfinch.  Excellent Ground Coverage-They are ideal if you are looking to border a garden bed or any area of your land with low-maintenance yet colorful blooms. As the terminology alludes to, they can carpet the ground where they are planted, making creating a natural edge around your garden beds or garden easy.  Pest-resistant-They attract pollinators and beautiful birds but deter destructive wildlife like rabbits, deer, and groundhogs.  Native Species: As a species native to North America, they naturally work well with other native plants. They can share a mixed bed with coreopsis, coneflower, sunflowers, and other native species. Their bright colors contrast the muted shades of ornamental grasses, and blue-blooming blooms nicely. However, they can also be paired with plants that burn with vivid colors, like the purple coneflower.  F.A.Q.s  There's a lot to know about them, so let's review some of the questions gardeners and landscapers usually ask.  Do They Come Back Every Year? They bloom multiple times in the summer and fall. Depending on the level of maintenance and the growing conditions, they can be either annual or perennial. Their average lifespan is two years. However, this lifespan can be extended with careful deadheading.  Do They Like Sun or Shade?  Their seeds are light and warm to germinate, and the plant is in full sun. Typically, it would help if you gave these plants as much sun as possible.  Should They Be Cut Back in the Fall?  Deadheading them is optional but could prolong their lifespan since they must dedicate more resources to producing seeds. If you deadhead them, do it in the late summer or early fall. The plant should be reduced to about 6 inches to encourage winter survival.  What is a Good Companion Plant for Them?  Other native species work well alongside them. You can pair them with other daisy-like species like Echinacea and Black Eyed Susans. Their penetrating colors also complement the toned-down hues of ornamental grasses.  What Month Do They Bloom?  Typically, they bloom multiple times a season, starting in early summer. The blooming season can last until fall, providing visual interest for several months.  Do Blanket Flowers Attract Hummingbirds Yes. The fertile florets of its central disc attract all kinds of pollinators, making it handy for hummingbird gardens or anyone who wants to provide a sanctuary for wildlife.  Your Plants Are Here  Whether you want to add stunning color or understated foliage to your garden, we have what you need here at T.N. Nursery. For over 64 years, we have provided professional landscapers and home gardeners with various native plants that are easy to grow and stunningly beautiful. Make your garden everything you want it to be with our plants!

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