True daisies are perennial flowers that grace gardens across the UK with their pinwheel-shaped blooms every spring. A variety of other plants produce daisy-like flowers that are just as charming as the old-fashioned true daisies. Daisy-like flowers come in a variety of shades that blend in well with many landscape themes; whether they grow in well-manicured, organised flower beds or cottage-style flower gardens.
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Indian blanket (Gaillardia purcell) is a daisy-like annual that can grow to a height of 60 cm (2 feet). The daisy-like flower heads can grow up to 5 cm (2 inches) wide. The flowers have a brownish-red centre. The petals have a red base and yellow or orange edges. The daisy-like blooms appear from May until August. Indian blanket easily self-sows. Indian blanket thrives in sandy soils; rich soils lead to few blooms. They perform well in very hot, sunny locations but tolerate some shade.
Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) is a daisy-like perennial that can grow to a height of 60 cm (2 feet). The plant produces chocolate scented daisy-like flowers with maroon centres and yellow petals. The 5 cm (2 inch) wide flowers bloom on the ends of branches that emerge from a leafy base. They bloom from April until November. This easy to grow plant is happy in full sun and partial shade as long as the soil is moist and limestone-rich.
Skeleton plant (lygodesmia texana) is a daisy-like perennial that can grow up to a height of 60 cm (2 feet). Skeleton plants lack foliage and produce daisy-like flowers in shades of pink or purple. The flowers bloom on 37.5 (15 inch) long, angular stems. Skeleton plants thrive in soils containing high amounts of limestone. They prefer dry, sunny locations and bloom from April until August.
Plains Blackfoot (Melampodium leucanthum) is a daisy-like perennial that can grow up to a height of 30 cm (12 inches) tall but typically does not grow taller than 15 cm (6 inches). The plant can spread as far as 60 cm (24 inches) across. It has a mounding growth habit and produces honey-scented 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide daisy-like flowers that have a yellow centre and white petals. They perform well in sunny areas but tolerate partial shade. They prefer dry, acidic soils. Plains blackfoot blooms from March until November.
Plains coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) is a daisy-like annual that can grow up to a height of 60 cm (2 feet). The plant produces daisy-like blooms with maroon centres and bright yellow petals. Plains coreopsis thrives in regions that receive a lot of rainfall. They flower from April until June. They perform well in both sunny and partially shaded locations. The plants attract butterflies and thrive in moist, sandy soils.
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