It was a garden plant that was always there in the background. A bunch of Gaillardias blooming profusely from July into August were always part of the little garden at the family cottage. They were part of impromptu bouquets made for the big round oak table that dominated one end of the central room.One of the best things about Gaillardias is their long season,often blooming for months. They are tough, hardy plants, returning for decades, increasing each year requiring little water or special soil. Gaillardias are a wonderful native wildflower, sometimes known as Indian Blanket or Firewheel. I like the firewheel name. They blaze away all summer.