Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others

Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others

Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others
Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others:  Quick fix your garden with daisies.
These flowering annuals are perfect.  But for those of us who want something more permanent, look no further than bright and cheerful daisy bushes.

Daisy is used as a general term for any plant in the Asteracae family which includes Chrysanthemums, Asters and even sunflowers.   Daisies are a massive group of plants with more than 23 000 accepted species.

Astra purple spoon daisies
Astra purple spoon, is an early flowering Osteo with round and compact growth habit.
The eye-catching blooms are made up of unique purple spoon-like petals with vivid blue centres.
Astra purple spoon is a standout for borders and containers.   It has excellent heat tolerance and a long flowering season.

Watering
Allow to dry slighly between waterings.

Pruning
Prune them lightly after flowering to maintain shape and extend the life span of the plant.

Cape daisies
Our very own Cape daisy (Osteospermum) and the ever cheerful Marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum),  are stunning performers in the garden and are sure to bring colour to your garden and joy to your life.

Cape daisies are top of the class when it comes to our standout indigenous garden plants.
Not only are they water wise,   but they are one of the longest flowering plants available.

They flower through spring, summer and autumn.  Osteospermum hybrids are relatively new on the market,  but have already become a favourite amongst gardeners.

Cape daisies are low growing evergreen shrubs that can grow up to 30cm – 40cm in height.   They bush out to
30-70cm depending on the variety.

Being indigenous,  they don’t just survive in our hot African sun.  They thrive in it.
So be sure to plant them in as much sunlight as possible.

Cape daisies are classed as being semi-hardy,  therefore try planting them in spring.
This will allow them to become established before the next winter.

Watering
Cover them with frost cover for the first 2 years.  Thereafter, they will be able to handle the cold a lot better.
Water them thoroughly after planting.   Thereafter, twice a week should be enough.

Pruning
Once they are established you will find that they need a lot less water.
As with any perennial shrub they should be pruned back after flowering.
This will keep the plant neat and compact.   It will  improve flowering and ensure your Cape daisy is as happy as possible.   Always prune back in spring after its first blooms have faded.

They look stunning when planted in the garden.  It is recommended to group the same colour together for maximum impact.

Cape daisies work just as well in pots,   with the added bonus of needing less maintenance and watering than other plants.   Cape daisies are available in a range of colours , from white, pink, orange, yellow to purple leaving one spoilt for choice.

There are also different flower shapes, f rom normal daisy like blooms to the spoon shaped varieties which has allure of its own.

Marguerite daisies
Marguerite daisies are an old garden favourite.  Still very popular amoungst gardeners.  Thanks to improved hybridization programs from growers, the marguerite daisies today, stay more compact, with improved flowering.
They too have a range of colour to satisfy any colour craving you may have.
Flower shape varies from single, semi-double to stunning fully double varieties.

Pruning and watering
As with Cape daisies, a good pruning back after flowering is essential.  They will require more watering than the cape daisies.   Apply a healthy layer of mulch around its base,  as this will drastically cut down on the frequency and amount of water that they will require.

You will always be able to find a spot in your garden for one of these delightful daisies.
MyAlberton

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