Selecting Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’ as Perennial Plant of the Week was an easy decision for Spencer. A few of the plant’s unique features that Spencer appreciates are its bright eye-catcher red and yellow in the border, the interesting cotton ball shaped seed heads that form after the bloom, and how it continues to rebloom into the fall. An extra plus for Gaillardia is how it attracts pollinators such as bees.
Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’ is a compact, uniform plant with 3″ daisy type orange-red blooms tipped by flame yellow. In addition to being a good garden performer, it is also showy as a container plant.
- Height: 8-10″
- Spread: 10″
- Light: full sun
- Blooms consistently from early summer to late fall
- Deer resistant
- Gaillardia is also available in solid reds and apricot
Companion plant suggestions include Achillea ‘Moonshine’ (yarrow), Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Apache’ (daylily), Liatris ‘Kobold,’ Sporobolus Praire Dropseed (grass) and Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue.’
Spencer is passionate about growing plants. He began working at Sargent’s as a greenhouse production specialist in 2014. Since joining the team, Spencer has earned a 2-year horticulture degree from RCTC.