Daisy flowers make me smile. They are so clean and fresh. There is a freedom about daisies that lifts the spirit.
Daisies bring joy to the garden! Many daisies are easy to grow and bless you with cheerful flowers year after year.
Daisies open in the daylight and close-up at night-time. The large center of the flower symbolizes an eye. That's where daisies got their name - day's eye.
Daisies are found on every continent of the world except the frozen Antarctica. What could grow there anyway?
Some daisies have medicinal uses or are used for tea like the calming chamomile tea.
Chrysanthemum maximum or chrysanthemum X superbum
is the popular daisy in the photo above.
The Shasta Daisy is a hearty perennial that is dependable for summer thru fall bloom. It will grow in most all climates. It grows from 1 to 4 feet tall depending on the variety.
It has a lovely white daisy flowers from 2 to 4 inches above their dark green leaves. They are available and single double flowers.
It is easy to
grow from seed or plant as bedding plants from containers.
Divide their clumps every 2 to 3 years in the fall or early spring.
Daisies have a full range of colors from white to yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, lavender, purple and striking bi-colors.
Gerbera Daisies may have very bright and bold colors of red, orange or yellow.
The lovely Marguerite Daisy and fall blooming Asters generally have softer colors. Chrysanthemums may be white, yellow, pink, orange, rust or red.
Colorful Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Gaillardias and Coreopsis are some daisy flowers that are native to the United States.
We love the daisy colors, but actually - What Are Flowers For?
Gerbera jamesonii, the Gerbera is also called Transvaal Daisy originally from the warm temperatures of South Africa.
The flower stems grow about 18 to 24 inches above a whorl of leaves. They’re topped with the lovely 4 inch daisy flowers in coral, pink, yellow, rose, orange, red or violet.
Grow them in full sun or partial shade in very hot areas. They require good drainage. If you don’t have good drainage you can grow them in containers with the potting soil.
They appreciate regular fertilizer application to produce an abundance of flowers.
Coreopsis often called Tickseed is a dependable flower that will bloom all summer when deadheaded. It has yellow flowers, orange, some reds and bi-colors. They come with single or double daisy flowers.
The plants are normally from 15 to 30 inches tall depending on variety. It blooms from late spring to fall. Remove the old flowers to promote re-blooming during the summer.
They will reseed themselves in your flower border. It is a dependable easy, daisy flower to grow.
Chrysanthemum morifolium is the type of Chrysanthemum you can buy already blooming during holiday times. They’ve been forced to bloom in greenhouses with the control of light and darkness.
While they are growing pinch back the tips to encourage the plant to grow additional branches. They will grow a flower on the end of each branch and you will get a nice display of flowers.
They prefer full sun and they need a well-drained soil.
They may grow from 12 to 36 inches and come in a variety of colors including yellow, pink, red, orange, lavender, purple and bronze.
Marigolds tagetes are a true American flower. They originated in Mexico and they have become a favorite annual flower throughout the United States.
This annual is very easy to grow from seed or get the plants in six packs from your garden store in the early spring.
They bloom from early summer to frost, if you deadhead the old flowers. They like full sun and plenty of water.
Asters will grow in most any type of soil but, they need to have full sun.
They range in size from 6 inches to up to 5 feet. So read the plant tags when you’re shopping and get ones with the color and size suitable for your landscape. The taller Asters may require staking in windy areas.
These are perennials and after they are planted you can depend on their flowers every year. The flowers are noted for being blue, lavender, purple or white.
Zinnia elegans is a popular summer annual. There numerous varieties all the way from the 6 inch Tom Thumb variety, to 3 foot varieties.
The flowers may be yellow, pink, orange, purple, white and some darker reds with single or double flowers.
They enjoy the warm weather. Zinnias will grow almost anywhere with a good garden soil and sun.
Water them at the base of their plants. Overhead watering can invite mildew.
Rudbeckia hirta, the Black-eyed Susan is native in the eastern United States.
It has 2 to 4 inch wide flowers in yellow or orange and some striking bi-colors. They typically have a dark center, the black eye.
The plants may grow from 2 to 4 feet tall depending on the
variety. They have rough hairy stems and leaves. After the plant is established, it can tolerate some drought.
Echinacea purpurea, also known as Rudbeckia purpurea, the Coneflower is a native flower on the prairies of North America.
It grows in all zones from 2 to 3 feet tall. It flowers all summer with the native pink flower, which is also called Purple Coneflower. There are other colors, white, yellow, reds and orange in single and double flowers.
The stems and leaves are somewhat hairy.
The Echinacea in my garden has not been bothered by any pests or diseases whatsoever. Birds and butterflies continuously visit these daisy flowers. The yellow goldfinches love the black seeds that form in the fall.
It likes sun, regular garden soil and it grows best with regular watering. If the clumps become crowded, divide them in the spring or fall.