Monday, December 18, 2006
Gaillardia was almost florescent in the semi-shade border at the side of the stable block; and despite being trampled on by the builders the plant put up enough of a show in the first year to suggest that is worth persevering with in 2007. Now that the beds are more established this blanket plant can be placed in a sunnier position and given the chance to shine. Low growing perennial plants like the Gaillardia which can withstand dry conditions will bring a splash of warm colour to the garden. This plant is attractive to moths and butterflies too so it should help with the attraction of their predators too. The plant is classified as a short lived perennial so it would have to be re-sown after a few years, though most gardeners enjoy changing their plants and would welcome the opportunity of freshening up the beds.