Exciting daisy hybrids

April 12th, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Argyranthemum Grandaisy Series

A couple of years ago I enthused here about a new marguerite, arygyranthemum, with the slightly odd name of ‘Grandaisy Pink’. This was the first widely available variety of what had been a very rare hybrid between a traditional marguerite (Argyranthemum) and an annual chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum carinatum). It combined the wonderful flower colours of the annual chrysanth with the bushy, twiggy habit of the marguerite.

Now we have a whole series of them, five colours in all: pink, gold, white, reddish orange and one called “pink tourmaline” which is pink speckled with white and with a white ring around the dark eye.

All make neat and bushy little shrubs that reach about 50cm in height and they flower from June to the frosts – and often beyond. Moved into a conservatory in the autumn, a specimen in a pot may well flower right through the winter.

And as individual specimens is a very good way to grow them, one plant in a 30-45cm pot. They’re well matched for height so you could also plant all five in the same pot and they’re also superb as border specimens surrounded by lower spreading plants or even ground covering petunias or calibrachoas.

The stems on the individual flowers are long enough to snip for posies – or they will be if you keep the plants moist and feed them every couple of weeks.

And the name? In the wild marguerites grow in the Canary Islands, including Gran Canaria… They’re daisies, so Grandaisy. These exciting new daisies are easy and colourful… Give the a try.

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