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Gaillardia ‘Mesa Red’


Great for wildlife
June - October
40cm x 35cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Gaillardias are long-flowering perennials named ‘Blanket Flower’ with good reason, as you will quite literally get a blanket of flowers all Summer. Self-seeding for an evolution of new flowers appearing in the border. With their wonderfully hot colour mixes of reds, orange and yellow these plants look great in a pot or in the front to middle of a mixed border. Bees and Butterflies love a Gaillardia landing pad!

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Gaillardia 'Mesa Red' has earned its place in our range as a cherished ally for the dwindling bee and wildlife populations. Serving as a vital landing pad, this sun-loving perennial becomes a bustling hub for bees and other essential wildlife in decline. At the heart of our selection, we appreciate its role and holds the prestigious RHS Plants for Pollinators award for supporting biodiversity and creating a haven for these crucial pollinators. Basking in the sunlight, 'Mesa Red' unfurls its vibrant blooms, becoming a beacon of colour in the garden. The longevity of its brilliant hue further accentuates its appeal, creating a visual spectacle that endures. Our admiration for this resilient and low-maintenance plant goes beyond aesthetics; it extends to the essential ecological contribution it makes by fostering a thriving ecosystem. As you welcome Gaillardia 'Mesa Red' into your garden, you not only embrace its striking beauty but also actively participate in the conservation of bees and wildlife. Let this vibrant perennial stand as a testament to the harmonious relationship between gardening and environmental stewardship, creating a haven where the beauty of nature and the needs of its inhabitants coalesce. 'Mesa Red' doesn't stand alone either; it forms perfect partnerships with other garden companions such as Echinacea, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, and Leucanthemums. These well-matched pairings create a harmonious display of complementary colours and forms, enhancing the overall design of your garden.

Planting Conditions

For successful growth of Gaillardia 'Mesa Red,' choose well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, ensuring proper drainage. This perennial thrives in a sunny location, receiving at least six hours of sunlight daily. Optimal planting time is during the Autumn or Spring and avoiding any frosty snaps. Whether in borders or containers, 'Mesa Red' adds a burst of vibrant red blooms to your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Gaillardia 'Mesa Red' is an undemanding plant, flourishing with minimal care. In poor fertility soil, it produces more flowers, eliminating the need for additional feeding. Ensure full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth. Water generously during the establishment phase, and in the second year, 'Mesa Red' becomes fairly drought-tolerant. This perennial's adaptability makes it a hassle-free addition to your garden, rewarding you with radiant red blooms while thriving in various conditions. With its straightforward requirements, Gaillardia 'Mesa Red' proves to be an easy-to-care-for and resilient perennial.

General Care

Gaillardia 'Mesa Red' demands minimal care but benefits from occasional attention. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to stimulate continuous blooming; this practice ensures a vibrant display that extends into Autumn. This perennial thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, adding a burst of red blooms to your garden effortlessly. With its resilient nature and straightforward care requirements, 'Mesa Red' stands as an easy-to-manage and enduring addition.