Flowering members of the aster/daisy family produce daisy-like flowers characterised by dense layers of petals and a sunny, bright-yellow centre. Daisies are among the most easily recognisable garden plants, and dozens of varieties are available commercially. Gardeners who want to cultivate showy daisies have a selection of plants with large, daisy-like flowers from which to choose.
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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a flowering perennial commonly used in beds and borders. The plant grows up to 1.5 metres (5 feet) tall, producing pink or lavender flowers that resemble daisies. The flowers of the plant are quite large, growing to be about 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter. Flowers begin appearing in late summer, continuing on into autumn. Purple coneflower thrive if grown in full sunlight. Plant the flower in a well draining, deep soil, and only water during extreme summer droughts. Purple coneflower is a hardy flower that can tolerate poor soils and brief periods of drought.
A member of the aster/daisy family, black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a flowering plant that may be grown as an annual or perennial. The plant typically grows to be 90 cm (3 feet) high, producing showy yellow and black flowers that are about 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter. The summer-blooming flower has a tremendous range, and can be grown just about anywhere. Plant the drought-tolerant flower in a full-sun location in well draining, rocky or sandy soil.
A native of South Africa, the gerber daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii) is a flowering perennial commonly grown as an indoor container plant and an outdoor bedding plant. The gerber daisy is a stout, low-growing plant that produces showy daisy flowers that are between 7.5 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) in diameter. The flowers are available in a range of colours, from orange, pink, red to white and variegated. gerber daisy is best suited to a sunny location. Plant in a well draining sandy loam, and fertilise often during the growing season to encourage flowering.
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