Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sparkle

Marguerite daisies are a very common shrub that often are taken for granted, at least by me. But there are few shrub-like perennials that add as much light and sparkle to the garden bed and are as easy to grow in our climate. They are even fairly drought tolerant. Whenever a garden bed looks lackluster and is missing something I grab a few one gallon pots of these, which are a staple at most garden centers and big box stores, and just drop them in spots throughout the bed and they will most likely add a lightness and what I call 'sparkle' to the bed regardless of what other colors are already growing there. I cut them all the way back to the basal growth once a year and other times just keep them deadheaded to keep them blooming.

4 comments:

The Galloping Gardener said...

Love these daisies! And while I'm here .... Happy Christmas.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I am with you on this one. I have daisies stuck in several locations to add some brightness or sparkle to the beds.
Merry Christmas to you and yours Sheila.

lynn'sgarden said...

Lovely, Sheila. I think 'white' is often overlooked in gardens. My shasta daisy collection grows by the year...can never have enough ;)

Happy Holidays to you!
Lynn

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

A very good point--we do often neglect the simple flowers that perform like yeomen, while mooning away after things that don't always perform so well.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, Sheila, and all the best to you and yours in the New Year.