A pot of colourful daisies on the windowsill or on a sunny porch adds colour without requiring a lot of maintenance. These hardy flowers come in a variety of colours and sizes from the large, Gerbera daisies to the common white and yellow daisy. Daisies are perennial flowering plants that grow well with little additional care. A position in full sun or partial shade, good-quality standard potting soil and an application of balanced flower fertiliser three or four times a year, and a pot of daisies will grow and flower year after year.
Ttuscan Sun (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Tuscan sun (Heliopsis helianthoides) or ox-eye daisy stands 12 to 18 inches tall and produces bright-yellow flowers with orange centres. This daisy variety grows well in outdoor containers in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. The ox-eye daisy is a tall variety with colour suited for large containers on a deck, patio or porch. The flowers bloom between June and September.
Transvaal Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
The Transvaal daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) produces large, orange flowers with a double layer of petals surrounding a golden centre. Gerbera daisies grow 12 to 18 inches with flowers up to 4 inches across. This cold-sensitive daisy variety grows in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 to 10. In cooler climates, plant Gerbera daisies in a container and move it indoors for the winter months. The flowers bloom periodically throughout the season.
Cut Leaf Daisy (Brachyscome multifida)
The cut leaf daisy (Brachyscome multifida) has flowers with narrow delicate petals in blues, pinks and yellows. This Australian native is drought tolerant and enjoys full sun making it a suitable choice for a sunny deck or patio. The tallest cultivars grow 15 inches tall with dense deep green foliage. Cut leaf daisies add colour to decks, patios and window planters. This variety blooms seasonally with the majority of the flowers produced during the spring and summer.
English Daisy (Bellis perennis)
The English daisy (Bellis perennis) is a low-growing variety with small flowers. The flowers have white petals surrounding a yellow centre in a classic daisy combination. This variety grows 3 to 6 inches tall with flowers about 1 to 2 inches wide. English daisies are suited as a low-growing addition to a large planter that highlights a variety of plants. This simple common daisy grows well in hanging baskets and in small window boxes.
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