In the language of flowers, daisies have all sorts of meanings. They can represent hope, innocence, purity, first love, and many other things depending on who you ask. But there’s one thing daisies stand for that I’d like to focus on today: new beginnings. For instance, the beginning of a new garden!
If you’re looking to spruce up your home with a bright and cheery swath of these sunny blooms, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover my picks for the best daisies to plant in your backyard!
The Best Daisies to Grow in Your Backyard
Best Daisies Overall
English Daisies, also known as the Common Daisy, are one of the most popular daisies to grow for a reason. They come in multiple colors (classic white, pink, or red) and are fairly easy to grow. In fact, they’re so easily grown that they can occasionally become more of a nuisance than a garden plant for some; if they manage to sneak their way into people’s lawns, they can be considered a weed!
However, this hardiness and their exceptional growth rate makes them a good choice for filling up a garden, and their beauty can’t be disputed. These daisies grow well in various climates, though they tend to grow faster in cooler times of year such as spring and fall. They don’t require any special sort of soil or fertilization to grow well; in fact, some gardeners claim these actually do better without it! This is a tough and pretty plant that makes for wonderful garden flowers, and if you’re looking to make some daisy chains this spring, this is a great plant for you.
Best Daisies for Beach Houses
If you’re a beach-dweller looking for a daisy that can handle the heat, the Livingstone Daisy is the plant for you! These daisies are known for bearing heat and humidity exceptionally well, as well as being remarkably impervious to salt spray. These daisies come in colorful shades of pink, purple, white, red, or even orange. They do very well with thin and sandy soil and don’t require much water. They grow best with full sun exposure, though they do sunburn easily (something they and I have in common)!
Best Daisies for Bees
Gloriosa daisies, also known under the alias of Black-Eyed Susans, are a deceptive little species. While technically not daisies, they still carry the name, so they still make the list! They don’t look much like the daisies many of us are used to seeing, with golden petals and a pitch-black or dark brown center.
These flowers are known for being unappealing to deer, so they’re not likely to be devoured by sneaky visitors to your garden, but they’re extremely attractive to bees and other helpful pollinators. Making use of these plants in your garden is a great way to “bee” pollinator-friendly without having to worry about your garden being nibbled on, especially if you live in an area with a large deer population!
If you’re a fan of pollinators and purple, then the Aster daisy is for you! These flowers come in varying shades of purple and are known to attract pollinators. However, keep in mind that these flowers aren’t exactly predictable in terms of height-Aster daisies can grow anywhere from one to six feet tall, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to cultivate a shorter garden.
Best Daisies for Gardening Newbies
Oxeye daisies are known to be fairly easy to grow, and they’re a great starter daisy for those new to cultivating them! In fact, they grow so easily that they qualify as an invasive species in some states, just like the English Daisy. However, this tendency to flourish no matter what makes these daisies perfect for beginners. The only thing you really need to pay attention to is how often they’re watered, but even then, these plants are considered drought-resistant, which means low-maintenance gardening for you!
You’ll find these daisies sporting the classic daisy look, blooming with white petals and golden centers. They won’t get any taller than two feet, so they’re also a great choice for neat-looking gardens.
Shasta daisies are some of the most popular and commonly recognized daisies, and they come with a promise of easy growth! Similar to the Oxeye daisy in appearance, if you’re looking for a classic daisy look without the attached invasive species reputation, Shastas are the way to go.
While Shastas require rich soil to truly thrive, they don’t require full sun or constant watering; in fact, you actually need to be careful not to overwater them, as that’s the fastest way to see your Shasta daisies start to droop. If you’re looking for a plant that comes back every year, Shastas are good for that; though you’ll need to engage in practices such as deadheading and careful cutting back of the plants for best results, you should be able to enjoy Shasta daisies for a few years in a row.
Best Daisies for Color
If you’re craving color but still want the shape of the classic daisy bloom, look no further than the African Daisy! These vivid flowers bloom in a large spectrum of colors, from purple to red to yellow to orange to multicolor. These plants come with the added bonus of being great for pollinators, and they’re sure to light up your garden with a storm of riotous color! Just remember to make sure you buy the right mix for the colors you’re looking for.
Best Daisies for Mild Climates
Blue Marguerite Daisies
Blue Marguerite daisies are a great choice if you live in an area with cooler summers! These plants grow best in areas with low humidity and mild weather all year round, though they can still thrive in areas with harsher winters; however, if grown with exposure to frost, they’ll only perform as an annual plant rather than a perennial, so keep that in mind!
These daisies boast beautiful blue petals that are absolutely appealing to any garden lover.
Best Daisies for Harsh Winters
Globe daisies are hardy plants that are considered to be evergreen, as their leaves last all throughout the winter without wilting! Globe daisies are a fantastic choice to keep your garden looking vibrant and thriving even through harsh winter snows. If you live in a region with cold winters but don’t want your garden looking dead and drab, this is the daisy for you.
These daisies most commonly bloom in shades of blue, and they only grow to be about eight inches tall, which makes them perfect for a well-groomed garden.
Keep Your Garden Looking Fresh as a Daisy!
See anything you like? Out of all these beautiful plants, the English Daisy still has to be my top favorite. The mix of color, ease of growth, and suitability for multiple climates can’t be beat!
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