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My gaillardia appears to have been a victim of the winter. The plant is described on Shoot as a perennial often grown as an annual. Does this mean that it is tender and unlikely to bear the winter? It was such a prolific, beautiful plant that I've bought two more.

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  • Posted: Thu. 7th April 2011 12:32

Re: Perennial grown as an annual

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Jackthedad,
Gallardia is hardy so can handle winter conditions, except excessive winter wet. Having said that, they tend to be short-lived plants which is why many choose to grow it is an annual. I love Gallardia but given its fleeting lifestyle, I always collect seed from mine. Not sure, but if you collect seed from 'Goblin', it might not come true to type - but it will be interesting to see what you get!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 7th April 2011 23:22

Re: Re: Perennial grown as an annual

Reply from Jackthedad

Thanks Kathy. It was such a glorious day today, I spent it in the garden. I dug up my dead Gaillardia and there were green shoots around the base so it's gone back in. Sigh, I may have to live with three Gaillardia! Oh well.

Colin

  • Posted: Fri. 8th April 2011 16:59