Daisies have a lighthearted appearance and remind many people of childhood. They're found on every continent on Earth except for Antarctica, and they come in hundreds of varieties. In fact daisies make up about 10% of all flowering plants on the planet. Why not include some of these stunning flowers in your landscape? Fill a garden bed or two with them, and your entire yard will light up with color and freshness.
Common Varieties of Daisies
Gerbera daisies are one of the best-known varieties. They come in bright colors such as coral and peach. With many small petals, the flowers of the gerbera daisy plant look fluffy and lush. Less hardy than other daisy varieties, the gerbera daisy prefers partial sunlight and is prone to fungal diseases if its foliage gets too wet, so be sure to always apply water directly to the soil, rather than from overhead.
Oxeye daisies are the variety you've probably seen growing in fields and along roadsides. They have white petals and yellow centers, and their stems are remarkably tall when planted in moist areas. Oxeye daisies can stay in bloom for up to 3 months, making them a good choice for backyard gardens.
Painted daisies are another colorful variety. Some are dark maroon, while others are pink. They have bright yellow centers and reach a height of about 2 feet. Though easy to grow in partial to full sunlight, they do attract insects such as leaf miners and aphids.
Daisy Planting and Care Tips
Regardless of which type of daisy you choose, follow these planting and care tips to ensure your blooms stay vibrant:
- Choose an area in which the soil is well-drained. Don't plant daisies in an area where water pools after a rainstorm; their roots will drown, and the plants will die.
- Pack the soil in well around each bulb after planting. Air pockets may allow the bulb to dry out and keep it from growing.
- During periods of low rainfall, provide daisies with water to keep them from drying out.
- Do not cut the foliage from your daisies in the fall until it is brown and dry.
Whether you plant a few daisies in the corner of a garden bed, or add an entirely new garden bed of just daisies, they will stay looking vibrant and fresh for years. They're a perennial plant, which means they'll bloom again and again. Daisies also reproduce rather quickly, so if you start with just 3 or 4 bulbs, you'll have a whole bed of them in no time. (For more information, contact Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc)