English Daisy –
English daisy ‘Tasso Mix’ features large, quilled, fully double flowers in shades of magenta, rose, pink and white. The button-like blossoms are held atop short, upright, leafless stems which rise from low rosettes of semi-evergreen, spoon-shaped foliage. In cool, temperate climates, they bloom from late winter into summer, and sporadically into mid-fall.
Preferring moderate temperatures, English daisy struggles in extreme heat, so is best planted in part shade where summers are hot. Otherwise, it can be planted in full sun and should be provided with fertile, moist soil. This cheerful perennial makes a fine edging plant for cottage gardens and mixed borders, and is lovely when used in containers or planted among spring-blooming bulbs.
English daisy is native to grasslands and woodland edges of Europe as far east as Turkey. Long popular as a garden plant in England, it has been bred to create a range of colorful hybrids. These plants produce small, basal clumps of semi-evergreen foliage that may spread by rhizomes over time in cool summer climates. However, the more contemporary bedding varieties may tend to be short-lived, and are often treated as biennials.
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Red, Pink, White
Easily grown in organically rich, fertile, consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants prefer part shade in southern areas with hot summers. Plants are intolerant of drought.
It is usually grown from seed. In the South (including St. Louis), seed is planted in fall or indoors in winter for bloom the following spring. By the heat of the summer, plants decline to the point where removal becomes appropriate. In the North, seed is planted in early spring for bloom in summer. In cool summer conditions (USDA Zones 4-5 and the West Coast), plants may spread aggressively by spreading crowns and self-seeding.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Remove old flowers to prolong flowering. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season.
Dianthus – Dianthus and English daisy both appreciate well-drained soil. The pink of dianthus blooms coordinate beautifully with rose, white, and red English daisies. Both look great in a cottage garden.
Pansy – Plant pansies and English daisies in the fall for a quick burst of color that will return in spring in the South.
Snapdragon – Snapdragon is another cool-season annual that can survive mild winters. Its upright spikes create a lovely contrast to low-growing English daisies.