James H. Schutte
One of the largest and most distinctive fritillarias, crown imperial is a bulbous, spring-flowering perennial. The narrow, twisting, glossy leaves emerge in whorls in early spring and are soon followed by a thick, glossy, rapidly rising flower stalk that produces at its tip a ring of up to eight drooping bell-shaped orange flowers. Above this crown of flowers is a cluster of pointed upright leaf-like bracts, resembling a spiky crest. Native from Turkey to Kashmir and long cultivated (from the 1600s...
Mark A. Miller
A close relative of crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), this large bulbous perennial bears showy clusters of pale yellow flowers in spring. It is native to northern Iran and Turkmenistan.
The tall, leafy, purple-flushed stems of Fritillaria raddeana arise from large, fleshy bulbs in late winter or early spring. Each stem bears several well-spaced whorls of glossy, medium-green, lance-shaped leaves, and a terminal cluster of nodding, funnel-shaped flowers. The pale yellow,...
(Bijou Blanketflower, Blanketflower)
The carefree perennial blanketflower ‘Bijou’ is grown for its orange-red and yellow daisies that bloom all season. Its vibrant flowers first appear from compact clumps of gray-green, hairy, lance-shaped leaves in the late spring. Blooms draw butterflies in droves and will continue to appear into the fall if plants are regularly deadheaded.
Though blanketflowers tolerate average dry soil, they thrive in fertile soil with good drainage and even moisture. They also love the heat, so plant them in...
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(Blanketflower, Dakota Reveille Blanketflower)
Grown for their spring-to-fall succession of large bright daisy-like blooms, blanket flowers are clump-forming, rangy, herbaceous perennials. The cultivar 'Dakota Reveille' bears "daisies" whose rays are double rather than single-petalled, giving a pompon effect. The yellow, burgundy-throated, trumpet-shaped rays are lime-green with red tips before opening. The solitary "daisies" perch on compact burgundy stems above hairy ovate grayish-green leaves.
Grow blanketflower in well-drained average...
The large dusty red daisies of ‘Burgundy Halo’ have petals that are tipped with a thin band of yellow. Like the other blanketflowers in the Sunburst series, Burgundy Halo is a compact plant that blooms continuously from spring through fall. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continued blooming and keeps the plants tidy.
Given a sunny location in average or rich soil, these perennials will thrive. Like all blanketflowers they do well in heat and will tolerate drought once established.
Bred for its compact habit and heavy flowering, 'Burgundy Silk' is a hardy perennial blanketflower that’s ideal for hot, sunny flower beds. Overall, it has a bushy habit and fuzzy, gray-green leaves. From spring to fall it produces many large, pastel burgundy daisies with dark centers and a silky sheen. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continued blooming and keeps the plants tidy.
This perennial will thrive given a sunny location in average soil. Like all blanketflowers it thrives in heat...
With flowers colored like bulls-eyes, 'Scarlet Halo' is a striking member of the Sunburst Series. The center of the flowers and the bases of the petals are a dark red, while the ends of the petals are a vividly contrasting yellow. Smaller and more compact than most blanket flowers, it lifts its 4-inch flowers on long stems and blooms continuously from spring through fall.
Given a sunny location in good soil, these perennials are good for adding color to a bed or border. They also make good container...
Bred for its compact habit and heavy flowering, 'Tangerine' is a hardy perennial blanketflower that’s ideal for hot, sunny flower beds. Overall, it has a bushy habit and fuzzy, gray-green leaves. From spring through fall it produces many large daisies with clear yellow petals and a yellow center ringed with orange. Like its kin in the Sunburst Series, it flowers continuously from spring through fall. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continued blooming and keeps the plants tidy.
(Common Blanketflower, Sunburst Blanketflower)
Grown for their spring-to-fall succession of large bright daisy-like blooms, blanket flowers are clump-forming, rangy, herbaceous perennials native to central North America. Comprising five cultivars, the Sunburst Series has been bred for profuse flowering and more compact plants that do not need staking. Borne singly on relatively short stems, the flowers come in various shades and combinations of yellow and burgundy. The large, hairy, broadly lance-shaped leaves are often lobed.
Given a sunny...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Commonly known as blanketflower, Gaillardia x grandiflora is a hybrid of the North American natives Gaillardia aristata and Gaillardia pulchella. This vigorous, long-blooming, hardy perennial is both heat-loving and drought tolerant. Plants produce mounds of soft green, slightly hairy foliage in spring. By early summer they begin to produce daisy-like flowers in fiery tones of orange-red with yellow tips. These have darker-colored centers and are attractive to butterflies....