Blanket flower: Gaillardia pulchella
The 30 species in the Caillardia genus, which belongs to the Compositae family, are mostly native to the Central and North America. They can be found throughout the northern hemisphere where they flower throughout summer until the first frosts in autumn. The flowers are reminiscent of sunflowers but are much more colourful. The flower heads with yellow-tipped red ray florets are quite striking. The more compact varieties such as the 25 cm (10 in) high ‘Kobold’ are ideal for balconies and terraces. Gaillardia pulchella is a short-lived, sun-loving herbaceous perennial that in winter should be covered with brushwood to protect it against frost. It is frequently cultivated as an annual. The flowering season can be prolonged until late summer by regular deadheading. It can be propagated from seed orin spring.