When you need a perennial that is small in stature with striking color, the Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia may be a good option to consider. Because of its smaller size, this perennial would be a perfect front row plant in a layered garden planting.
Arizona Red Shades is made for a garden that gets sun all day. Its compact size of about 12” in height, and 12” wide, would be not only great for layering, but would make it a great border edging plant, also.
Window boxes and planters would make attractive warm weather displays, although in colder zones they would likely need to be planted in the ground well before cold weather arrives.
It bountiful crimson-red flowers (some petals with yellow tips) are about 3 1/2 “diameter, and it has medium green foliage. It attracts butterflies, and is deer and rabbit resistant. Another plus is, like many perennials, it can be grown from seed so checking out the major seed companies online may be worth a look.
.The botanical name of this perennial is Gaillardia grandiflora ‘Arizona Red Shades’. Once established, it tolerates hot, dry conditions. It is hardy in zones 3 – 10, benefits from deadheading, and would certainly make a darling cut flower bouquet.
Features to Note:
- Tolerates hot dry conditions
- Attracts butterflies
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Blooms from late spring to early fall (frost)
- small perennial flowers for sun, sunny garden
- Cut flower for small bouquets