Sunny blooms make a garden and a bouquet
August 12, 2011
When the weather is hot, gardeners need to be prepared by planting hardy flowers that can take the heat. In dry climates such as those across the Central Valley in California and the Midwest, one of the best flowers is the gaillardia, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.
This bloom looks like a cross between a sunflower and a daisy, and elicits feeling that are just as sunny. In fact, it is a member of the aster family of sunflowers and is native to the central and western regions of the U.S., the news source reports. Its common name is blanket flower, which comes from the blossom's resemblance to Native American blankets.
One of the best things about these perennials is the length of their bloom, according to American Meadows. The orange, gold, and burgundy flowers last for months, and gardeners can expect them to crop up every year for decades.
If gaillardias can't blossom in a certain area, a floral arrangement of sunflowers can bring out the same feelings of joy with a rustic style. Flower gift baskets featuring bright yellow sunflowers, bronze daisies or roses will cheer up any room.
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