Daisy, Marguerite –
This tough, shrubby, tender perennial blooms continuously with simple yellow daisies from early in the season to very late in the season. Where hardy, ‘Ulyssis’ is grown as a drought-tolerant subshrub, but in temperate zones with cold winters it is grown as a bedding annual. The parent species, Marguerite daisy, is native to the Canary Islands. Its ferny evergreen leaves are bright green, deeply lobed and emit a strong fragrance when crushed. Large, bright-yellow daisies with bright golden orange centers cover Butterfly through much of the year. They are produced above the foliage and appear from late spring till frost or almost year round in frost-free climates. Flowering subsides in very hot weather and deadheading will prolong vigorous bloom.
This easy-to-grow plant prefers full sun and moderately fertile garden soil with good drainage. Regular light pruning will promote a tidy habit, increase flowering and provide cuttings for propagation. Plants are wind and salt-tolerant, so they are ideal for oceanside gardens. They also thrive in containers and sunny garden beds. The blooms draw butterflies and can also be cut for flower arrangements.
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Spring, Summer, Fall
Root greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings of non-flowering shoots, 2 to 4 inches long, in late summer or mid-spring. Overwinter young plants in a cool greenhouse.
Provide full sun and well-drained soil. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage a compact habit. Prune in early to mid-spring.
Dianthus – Create old-fashioned charm by mixing a pot of these daisy-shape flowers with beautiful pink dianthus.
Larkspur – Pair marguerite daisy with spires of purple larkspur for a stunning display. The flowers look beautiful in the garden and work well together in bouquets.
Nemesia – Marguerite daisy’s larger flowers look beautiful against the smaller, more delicate nemesia blooms. Look for fragrant types of nemesia for extra-special appeal.