Featured above is Gaillardia pulchella, commonly known as Firewheel or Blanket flowers. They are native to our western states, but have naturalized much further east, including North Carolina. We frequently see them in the wild along out Coast.
They thrive in heat and dry conditions, but may grow a little taller (about 2') with occasional water.
These plants, besides being cheerful additions to any garden, have a history of medicinal uses including gastroenteritis; chewed powdered root applied to skin disorders; nursing mothers bathed in tea made from the plant; and to ease sore eyes.
Currently we use them simply to brighten a corner of a garden.
Chives, Allium schoenoprasum
Garlic, Allium sativum
Garlic chives, Allium tuberosum
Calendula, Calendula officinalis
Bay, Laurus nobilis
Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea
Lamb's ears, Stachys byzantina
Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus
Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis
Marjoram, Origanumm marjorana
Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus
Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica
Salad burnet,Sanguisorba minor
True Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris
Oregano, Origanum vulgare
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium
German chamomile, Matricaria recutita
Agave, Agave americana
* this does not imply the plants need no water, just that they will survive higher temperatures and less water than will some other plants.
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One of the many gardens created by Madalene Hill in Round Top, Texas, a place that needs to pay attention to average rainfall and temperatures. Rosemaries, artemisias, and lavenders were stars. Those plants do best with a small gravel base or sand to reflect light into the plants and keep rainfall from splashing into the plants, thus discouraging disease.
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