Thawing temperatures are starting to lure us outdoors to get back into the garden. Next up in the process of preparing your home for spring: planting perennials
If you're wondering what to plant, we recommend Gaillardia 'Fanfare.' Its glorious sunsetlike colors and unique trumpet-shaped petals distinguish this hardy perennial, which thrives in most U.S. climates and blooms from late spring into fall. ($9.95 each; parkseed.com.) It will bloom continuously, May through fall, or frost. To prune, cut the stems all the way back to the foliage.
With a bit of extra effort-namely, judicious pruning-these choices will offer a repeat performance.
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