There are some flowers that can always make people smile. Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower is the one that comes to mind. These stunning blooms are like mini sunflowers that grow low to the ground and transform edges into a quilted patchwork. Expect flowers for 3 months from Summer into Fall. Gaillardia aristata is a hardy native perennial that showcases a beautiful apricot colored center that radiates a golden orange halo surrounded by sunny yellow-tipped petals. Its bright green foliage is short and mounding only reaching 1 foot in height and 1 foot in diameter.
A flower so beautiful is graced with strength. Coastal areas where the salt spray can be detrimental to plants does not hinder Gaillardia. Even in the absence of water, this plant can handle periods of drought with ease. This perennial is a favorite of bees and butterflies. Deer resistance is definitely a bonus. Put your best foot forward and get planting. Edge these plants in clumps along pathways and create a bright and elegant tapestry. Use the blanket flower in combination planters as the filler in the thriller, filler, spiller sequence. Bring the beauty indoors. Interior decorate with fresh cut flowers or makes a lasting impression with a dried bouquet.
Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower Care
There are a few tips and tricks to keep Gaillardia thriving in your garden. Pick an area that has full sun. Any garden area that has average or less than ideal garden soil will work too. Just make sure that the site is well-draining and it stays more on the dry side than constantly wet. Once blooms are spent, deadheading will help to keep blooms prolific. No fertilizer is needed for average soil.
These sunny perennials are hardy in zones 3 to 10. Either trim dead growth back in late fall or just wait till Spring. Cleaning up the garden in the Fall is not a recommended practice like it once was. A more cluttered garden with dead debris can actually help native insect populations like bees and butterflies to survive overwinter.
Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower Spacing
To create a luscious naturalistic approach, plant in large groups or masses. For the initial planting, space a 12-inch gap between plants. These plants will easily spread out over time and create new offshoots that become new plants so they can be enjoyed for years to come.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.