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The Painted Daisy: Little Works of Art for Your Garden

Are you interested in learning about Painted Daisies? The Painted Daisy is a lovely flower that is easy to grow and perfect for adding some bright splashes of color to your garden or flower bed.

Closeup of a pink painted daisy bloom.

A garden full of eye-popping flowers is so inviting! Keep reading to learn all about this colorful daisy including how to grow your own, where to get it, and how to use it in floral arrangements.

Characteristics of the Painted Daisy

Painted Daisies come in a variety of colors including red, pink, purple, and yellow. The flowers have long, thin petals that can be up to three inches long. They surround bushy yellow centers.

Purple and burgundy painted daisies.

The leaves are dark green and fern like. The plants grow in bushy clusters.

Painted Daisies grow quickly but they aren’t aggressive spreaders so you don’t have to worry about them taking over the garden.

When Will They Bloom

Painted Daises will begin blooming in late spring and continue through mid-summer. If you cut the foliage back at the end of the summer blooming, it’s possible to have them bloom again in the fall.

Closeup of a light purple painted daisy flower.

Painted Daisies are perennial flowers in USDA hardiness zones three through seven. In these zones your plants will come back and bloom year after year!

Growing Painted Daisies at Home

Painted Daisies are bright and cheery flowers that are easy to grow and care for. Once they get established, regular watering and deadheading is all you need to ensure colorful flowers throughout the growing season.

Location

The best location to plant painted daisies varies depending on where you live. In northern climates full sun is usually best. In very warm climates the Painted Daisy likes afternoon shade.

Painted daisies in a garden.

When to Plant

You can plant Painted Daisies directly from seeds or by transplanting starts from a garden center. They grow well directly in the ground and in containers.

To plant from seed, start indoors four to six weeks before the last frost, or sow seeds directly into the garden once the last threat of frost has passed.

Sprinkle seeds in your planting location or container and gently cover with about 1/8 inch of soil. Keep soil evenly moist until seedlings emerge.

Seeds planted in early spring will bloom the first year.

Painted daisies in different shades of purple.

Soil

Painted Daisies do well in a variety of soils. For optimal growing conditions, soil should be slightly acidic and sandy. Heavy clay can be hard for the roots to penetrate so if you have this type of soil you may want to amend it, but other than that daisies aren’t too picky.

Soil should be well draining. Daisies like soil that stays moist but not overly saturated.

Watering

Moderate watering is ideal for Painted Daisy plants. If you live in a very hot climate you may need to water more frequently as the soil will tend to dry out sooner. Soil should stay moist about an inch under the surface.

Water your plants lightly in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t too strong. Water the base of the plant and try to avoid watering the foliage as this can lead to fungal disease and other problems.

Closeup of a purple painted daisy.

Pruning

Not much pruning is required for a healthy Painted Daisy plant.

To get regular blooms, make sure to deadhead the plant by trimming away spent blooms as soon as flowers fade.

At the end of the growing season, cut back foliage and cover the plant with a light layer of mulch to add some protection for the winter.

Dividing

Over time Painted Daisies can become crowded which causes them to compete for nutrients and space. If they become too crowded they won’t bloom as well. To keep the plants healthy and vigorous you may want to divide them.

Scarlet red painted daisies.

If you notice your mature Painted Daisy plants are putting out fewer blooms, it may be time to divide them. The best time to divide daisies is in early spring or fall.

To divide Painted Daisies, carefully dig up mature plants with the roots. Gently separate the plants by pulling apart the roots then replant in a suitable location.

Pests and Disease

Painted Daisies are generally very resistant to pests and disease. They are deer resistant and actually repel some pests so they make an excellent companion plant to keep unwanted pests away from your garden.

You may occasionally have trouble with aphids or leaf miners. If you spot these pests early they are fairly easy to treat.

Where to Buy Seeds or Plants

Painted Daisies are a popular garden flower and are usually quite easy to find. Check with your local garden center or nursery for seeds or plants in spring.

A number of popular retailers including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart carry Painted Daisy Seeds and potted plants in store during the spring and summer months. You can also order seeds online from places like Amazon.

Painted Daisy Seeds often come in a mix of colors so you can get a variety with just one packet.

Symbolism of Painted Daisies

Daisies, especially white ones, are often said to symbolize purity, innocence, and hope. They can also symbolize beauty, friendship, motherhood, and new beginnings.

How to Use the Painted Daisy in Bouquets and Decorating

The Painted Daisy is such a bright and cheerful flower, it makes a great addition to all sorts of bouquets and floral arrangements.

Daisies add a touch of whimsy and lightness to any floral arrangement. They pair well with many other flowers including tulips, coneflowers, rudbeckia, ranunculus, peonies, and lots more.

An informal arrangement of purple painted daisies.

Add daisies throughout a a mixed arrangement, or use Painted Daisies alone for a simple and colorful bouquet.

Wrapping up the Painted Daisy

Whether you want to keep pests away from your vegetable garden or add some color to your flower garden, Shasta daisies are an excellent choice. You can enjoy their bright and cheery color year after year, with very little maintenance.

Closeup of a single dark pink painted daisy.

To learn more about other types of daisies you can check out our daisy section on the blog.