Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower

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Extended-bloom and highly sophisticated perennial, the Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Red Shades') is an improvement on a beloved native wildflower! This can be difficult when you wish to keep the best of the original and not lose any of its qualities! However, our experts managed to 'soup it up' for a Blanket Flower with even more of the best characteristics you love so much!

Arizona Red Shades is just that sort of improved-to-perfection type of specimen! Clear, tomato-red blossoms deepen in hue at the center, but are touched with a hint of cheddary yellow at the very tips for the perfect touch of spice! This delicious combination feels a bit more upscale and modern compared to the rest of their species. Each and every bloom has toothy petals, and long slender stems to hold them aloft as pollinator landing pads, complete with loads of bright yellow pollen waiting for bees in each center!

Think about the difference this way. You could choose to open up a red and white can for plain old, hum-drum tomato soup - or you could visit a gourmet restaurant for a fresh and fabulous version topped with cheesy goodness. It's the same kind of soup, but a lot more... yummy! Hardy throughout the States from USDA chilly zones 3, all the way through hot and humid zone 10, so you can be sure these foot-tall and foot-wide herbaceous perennials can handle about anything! Even deer and rabbits tend to leave Gaillardia alone!

Planting and Application:

As always, Blanket Flower is a native, drought-tolerant plant perfect for xeriscaped properties. Huge, lush blooms are liberally sprinkled across the entire plant from late spring to early fall. Butterflies love it! Use that cheerful color in Rock gardens, and as edging along the fronts of garden beds and borders, dotted along sunny pathways or your driveway, and watch them thrive in that 'hell strip' between the sidewalk and street!

You'll turn any garden into a pollinator garden or updated modern wildflower planting with these long-blooming, nectar, and pollen-rich flowering plants! Feed native bees, honeybees, beneficial pollinators like Fireflies and Beetles, and of course, plenty of nectar for butterflies to feast on! Don't forget to snip a few of these slender stems for your bouquets and enjoy the color indoors! The more you snip, the more reblooms you encourage - so don't hold back!

Perennial beds, Cottage gardens and even Patio planters gain vivid red hues all summer long until frost! Plant with ornamental grasses, and other sunny perennials like Coneflower, Coreopsis, Asters, and Sedum for late-season blooms that won't stop all growing season! If you want to make a statement - use this compact plant to flank either side of a wide, rustic doorway. Use as a low hedge for unbeatable summer color. Best of all, it absolutely thrives in hot, sunny sites with poor soil.

  • Yellow Edged, Toothy Tomato-Red Petals & Darker Centers
  • Loads of Bright Yellow Pollen For Pollinators
  • Compact, Vigorous Mounds of Green Foliage
  • Easy-Care, Adaptable, Xeric, Deer & Rabbit Resistant!
  • Containers, Edging, Specimens, Space-Saving Beds & Borders

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Perennial Gaillardia grows vigorously in average to low fertility and almost any type of well-drained soil. Doing their very best in full sun only. Tolerant to dry soils and drought once established, Blanket Flower does not do well in heavy clay soils. Gaillardia self-seeds, so deadhead after the blooms fade is recommended, and to encourage new blooms in profusion! Prune back in late fall once the foliage begins to yellow.

  • Vigorous in Full Sun
  • Low to Average Soil Moisture
  • Very Well-Drained Soil & Average Fertility
  • Deadhead to Prevent Reseed & Encourage Rebloom
  • Prune Back Late Fall
  • Resistant to Rabbits & Deer

This improved selection will sell out quickly, don't miss it! Hurry and order your Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower today to 'soup up' your landscape today! Now available at!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-10
Growing Zones 3-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Red Shades'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 inches
Mature Spread 12 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Average to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No