Daisy Varieties

Top 5 Daisy Varieties

            An almost inevitable inhabitant of most flower gardens is one of the many daisy varieties, and with good reason.  Their cheerful appearance enhances the overall impression of the entire garden with their long lasting blooms.

            The popularity of this lovely flower is so great that it is not uncommon to hear someone exclaim that daisies are their favorite flower.  But which daisy?  There are a large number of daisy varieties, each exhibiting their own unique beauty and characteristics, but a few of them stand out in the crowd when it comes to popularity.

Gerbera Daisy.  The gerbera daisy can be found almost anywhere nowadays.  This versatile little daisy is true favorite of many people because of their colorful adaptations.  Vivid, vibrant reds, yellows, oranges and even green blossoms can be grown either indoors as lovely houseplants or transplanted into borders or flower gardens where they add beautiful splashes of color.  These large, heavy blooms will last up to 2 weeks, with new stems continually emerging to present more flowers to their admiring audiences.

Shasta Daisy.  These bright blooms will open up even the most drab of garden areas.  Brilliant white petals surround the sunny center on long extended stems that will rise above many of the other garden plants.  Catching the summer breeze, the numerous nodding blooms on the shrubby plant will appear to enthusiastically greet all lookers for months, as blooming will continue from late spring to early fall.  Butterflies will also flock to these beauties, adding even more interest to your garden area.  To brighten up indoor rooms, snip several of the long stems and display prominently in a tall vase, or float flower heads in a wide, shallow dish.

Gloriosa Daisy.  Seeing the painted face of the gloriosa daisy is all that is needed to recognize why this daisy variety is so popular.  Petal colors range from sunny yellow to rich gold and auburn that appear to be stamped with a circular darker color.  The dark center is the reason many call this beauty a “black eyed susan”.

African Daisy.  Unlike many in the daisy family, the much loved African daisy is an annual.  Blooming continually throughout the season in shades of red, yellow, orange, pink and white, these diminutive blossoms attract bees, birds and butterflies.  While lasting only a year, propagating the flowers is easily accomplished by collecting seeds, dividing the root ball or from cuttings.

Painted Daisy.  Although this plant is of the chrysanthemum family, it bears such a resemblance to the daisy that it is understandably mistaken for one.  Multiple petals on the perennial display a mosaic of colors on a single blossom, appearing to be “painted” in rings on the flowers’ three inch faces.  The dark center provides the perfect foil for showing off the rainbow hues.  An unusual feature that further enhances the painted daisy’s appearance is its feathery, fern like foliage.

            One of the most appealing characteristics of all of the daisy varieties is the ease in which it is grown.  Most types of perennials; appearing anew each spring and growing quickly into a spreading shrub that buds out in late spring or early summer.  After a few years, the plant may need to be dug up and the roots divided to provide a more balanced look in the garden.  This process also offers even more of the cheerful flowers to enhance the landscape.

            The name “daisy” comes from “days’ eye”, which is exactly what the lovely bloom seems to exhibit.   Symbolically, the flower means innocence and purity.  Bright, colorful, cheerful of countenance and long blooming, any variety of the daisy is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.