Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Gaillardia: The most floriferous of all Blanket Flowers, this hybrid sets its big yellow-and-orange blooms for many months, so your garden is never "out of bloom". Grows 15 inches high and wide -- a good size for flowerpots as well as the garden bed and border -- if you keep the flowers picked or deadheaded, new buds will appear.
Blanket Flower is a native American perennial that thrives in hot, somewhat dry conditions. Zones 3-10.
Liatris spicata ' Kobold': More compact but no less colorful than its taller cousins, this dwarf Blazing Star offers bright rosy-purple plumes on neat 12-inch stalks. Plants bloom abundantly, in full sun or part shade, remaining attractive long after bloom with fresh, grasslike foliage that stays neat and colorful well into fall. Blooming height is 2 feet tall, about 18 inches wide. Zones 3-10.
Good luck with your new plants.
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