English Daisy

Facts About the English Daisy

The English daisy is commonly known to botanists by its scientific name Bellis perennis. These daisies are becoming increasingly popular and therefore are seen in annual beds and pots around the country. Since they are annuals they are also relatively inexpensive, making adding them to your garden or flowerpot quite simple. Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about growing these beautiful English daisy flowers as well as specifics about the variety, including appearance.

The color of these flowers can range anywhere from maroon and yellow to white, pink or even ruby. These flowers can be anywhere from six to twelve inches in height with a spread of up to nine inches. Be prepared to see the blooms from late spring to the middle of the fall season, making them an excellent spring and summertime flower.

Anyone wishing to plant this daisy should be aware that they perform best in hardiness zones four through eight. They are able to tolerate full sun exposure in summers that do not become blistering hot, but also do great in partial shade. In terms of watering, they have an average need, but overwatering should be prevented. One method for watering is to place your index finger within the soil, and if it is dry up to your knuckle it is time for watering. This plant prefers a pH level somewhere between 6.1 and 7.5; therefore anything from neutral to slightly acidic is acceptable. The soil should be well drained and lightly fertilized for best results.  Space them approximately four inches apart. If you wish to mulch, feel free to do so around the plant but avoid the top and the area directly around the stems and leaves. In terms of English daisy care, it is essential that you remove old foliage and dead blooms.

Now that we have examined proper care, let’s briefly delve into the subject of purchasing these flowers for your gardens or containers. When growing these plants it is best to find them at your local nursery. If you plant them from seeds it will take quite a bit longer to see the flowers you desire. Obviously it is best to purchase daisies that look healthy at the nursery, and look as if they are having flowers that are about to bud. If you purchase a plant that does not show signs of a new blooming season coming soon, you may not have these as long as you wish.

These plants are ideal for being planted directly into the ground for beds or borders. You can also house them in containers, such as pots. For best results get a pot that allows for drainage. These flowers can also be used as cut flowers and dried flowers. The English daisy looks great with other flowers, as they are annuals and low growing. They prove to be excellent additions to your garden, porch, balcony and much more. They add a splash of color like no other daisy variety.

In conclusion, the English daisy is a vibrant annual plant that can serve a variety of different purposes. These flowers are ideal for any annual beds or pots that are well drained. It is essential to keep the dead flowers picked and removed to assist with prolonging their plant life. Adding organic fertilizer and even mulch may assist with healthy development. Anyone wishing to add this beautiful plant to their collection should visit their local nursery and pick out healthy looking flowers with fresh budding potential. Monitor the water level and prevent overwatering, then just sit back and watch these gorgeous flowers flourish!