For beautiful flowers that rabbits don't relish, try vinca, wax begonia, annual geranium, blanket flower
(Gaillardia) and iris.
Wildflowers like the blanket flower
, wild sage, wild bergamot, and milkweed are popping up all over and vegetable gardens are in full swing.
Known as the blanket flower
, this perennial is distinguished by its bold, vividly coloured flowers and attractive hairy foliage.
These make cheap 'fillers'in borders and some, such as Gaillardia (Blanket Flower
) and Coreopsis make beautiful cut flowers for the house as well as packing a punch in a sunny border.
Two common examples were blanket flower
(Gaillardia x grandiflora) and sunflower (Helianthus an-nuus), both of which attracted long-horn bees (Melissodes spp.) and honey bees.
Some Mississippi wildflowers that can take the heat are butterfly weed, ironweed, purple coneflower, blazing star, blanket flower
, and New England aster.
THE connoisseur perennial collection will liven up your garden with right blooms from summer into autumn with a choice of Cone Flower (Echinacea, pictured left), Blanket Flower
(Gaillardia), Monarda Bergamot and Sidalcea Party Girl.
THE stunning daisy-like flowers of Gaillardia (Blanket Flower
) in red or orange, tipped with yellow or gold and measuring up to 4in across make a welcome splash of colour in the herbaceous borders at this time of year.
Has: chives, peppermint, lemon balm, oregano, liriope, maple trees, Japanese privet, lilacs, orange day lilies, purple spring violets, forsythia, rose of Sharon, golden raintree (limited), love-in-a-puff vine, hollyhocks, fern spores, purple lady bells, rudbeckia, marigolds, clematis, English ivy, chaste tree, blanket flower
, morning glories, willow oak tree, mimosas, bee balms, holly bush, evening primrose, oxalis, lavender, irises, variegated vinca, cosmo, wild flowers, assorted heirloom peppers, tomatoes, hot peppers, muskmelons, honeydews, yellow flesh watermelon, white peach seeds (very limited) and white pumpkins.
PICK NONSTOP BLOOMERS Along the path to the seating area, yellow-and-orange blanket flower
(Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Sun') blooms constantly.
This blanket flower
is touted as a useful annual even though the species that it belongs to, aristata, is the same that familiar perennial favorites are members of.
Wants: heirloom vegetable seeds, nonhybrid melons and corn, lady slipper root, lily of the valley, bleeding heart, lemongrass, oriental poppy, mosquito plant, sweet Indian grass, canna, Indian blanket flower
, feverfew, St.