Photo By Ball Horticultural Company
Carve out a spot for blanket flower in your garden, and you’ll be rewarded with a long season of colorful blossoms. This pretty bloomer is a native wildflower that’s related to sunflowers. Like its sunny cousin, blanket flower is undemanding in the garden, a low-maintenance plant that opens blossoms with hues in shades of gold, orange and red. Most blanket flowers are winter hardy perennials. These varieties are Mesa blanket flowers (Gaillardia x grandiflora): Mesa Yellow (left) and Mesa Bright Bicolor (right), hardy in Zones 5-9.