Gardeners who like the look of daisies can fill up their garden with several varieties of flowers that look like tall daisies. Daisy-like flowers come in many colours and sizes, but all with similar shapes to daisies. Gardeners anywhere in the U.S. can grow least one or two types of daisy-like flowers, and many gardeners have several varieties from which to choose.
Purple coneflowers, also known as Echinacea purpurea, have purple daisy-like flowers atop 2- to 3-foot stems. The petals often hang downward, creating a conical shape. According to Texas A&M University, these blooms make great cut flowers for floral arrangements. Purple coneflowers generally bloom between June and October. They grow best in sunny areas with good soil drainage. These flowers are perennials, meaning that the same plants survive multiple growth years.
Blanket flowers, also called Gaillardia pulchella, grow all over the U.S. and Canada They have red petals with yellow tips. Blanket flowers bloom during summer and early fall. They prefer areas with lots of sun and grow to heights of up to 2 feet. Gardeners in dry climates can appreciate the high drought tolerance of these flowers. Blanket flowers are annuals, meaning that they usually die each winter and may require annual replanting.
Bigleaf goldenrays have yellowish-orange flowers that look similar to daisies. The tall plants reach heights of up to 4 feet. Unlike daisies, however, they grow in more bushy plants that reach widths of 3 feet. They prefer soil with lots of moisture, good drainage and lots of nutrients. Bigleaf goldenrays prefer some shade throughout the day rather than full sunlight. They bloom during midsummer through early fall and are perennials.
Boltonia flowers, also called "white doll's daisies" and "false asters," look similar to regular daisies but with smaller yellow centres and narrower white petals. They also sometimes have purple or lilac petals. Tall varieties of boltonias reach heights of up to 6 feet tall, but small ones stay as short as 1 foot. They bloom during late summer and early fall and like damp areas. They also grow best with lots of sun.
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- Texas A & M University: Purple Coneflower
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: PLANTS Profile for Gaillardia (Blanketflower)
- North Carolina State University: Annual Flowers: Gaillardia Pulchella
- Iowa State University Extension: Late Season Perennial Flowers
- Michigan State University Extension: Ligularia dentata--Bigleaf Ligularia