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Gaillardia Fanfare

Gaillardia Fanfare

Good gardening practices are sometimes difficult for the gardener.  Last summer I planted a variety of Gaillardia.  Now, I’ve learned from working with Mary and Chris, that the way to get the best results from your plants takes patience.  You should start by  preparing the ground, mix in some organic matter (either peat moss or compost) dig a big hole add some Osmocote fertilizer and make sure the plants are well watered.  If you want to achieve quicker branching and healthier plants you should also keep them trimmed.  That is the part that is tough for me.  I want the flowers!

Burgundy Gaillardia keeps going on for weeks even in the worst heat!

Burgundy Gaillardia keeps going on for weeks even in the worst heat!

Well, last summer I planted my Gaillardia in July, after we bought our house, and I lectured myself into trimming the plants.  While it hurt me to trim off new buds and keep the plants fairly short (about 8-10 inches tall) I knew that by doing so the Gaillardia would branch out and I would have many more beautiful red and yellow blooms next summer and for many summers to come.  And it worked.  By the end of September each of my plants had about 6-9 blooms at a time.   I am not a patient person when it comes to flowers or my husband putting dishes in the dishwasher, but this was definitely worth the wait.  I can’t wait to see them this summer!

Drought Tolerant Gaillardia blooms for 5+ months!

Drought Tolerant Gaillardia blooms for 5+ months!

About Heidi

My name is Heidi.  I’ve been working at Great Garden Plants since October of 2008.


About me

I grew up in the Ann Arbor, MI area.  In 2003 I was ready for a change of scenery and I moved to Grand Haven, MI.  I quickly joined the Grand Haven Area Jaycees.  We are a community service organization and are very active in our community.  Through the Jaycees I met my husband.  We were married in August of 2006.  Our daughter Megan will celebrate her first birthday this Wednesday.  How did the year go so quickly?

As a single person I chose to live in a condo.  It was great to have someone else mow the lawn and shovel the walk.  But, after getting married we decided we’d like a house to raise a family.  Last July, we moved into our new home.  I’m so excited that now I will get to plant a lot of the flowers I love from our website.  The last homeowners preferred green shrubs.  The good news is this gives me the opportunity to create the garden the way I want it.

I know a lot about our plants and shrubs, but I’m a beginning gardener.  I have the “book smarts,” now I just need the weather to warm up so I can start digging : )

My Grandfather had a green thumb.  Each summer the garden was his passion.  And each winter he went a little stir-crazy until it was warm out.  He had a wide variety of flowers, fruit trees and a massive vegetable garden.  Every time we would visit we would leave with a minimum of 2-3 brown paper bags full of vegetables.  His favorite flowers were roses and every time I see them I think of my Grandfather. Hopefully, I inherited some of that skill.

I love working at Great Garden Plants.  We have a lot of fun and I love learning all I can from Mary and Chris.  They have so much information about so many plants – it amazes me.  I will be taking you with me on my journey to change my yard from green to color.

Your Friend in Gardening,


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