Magazine article Sunset

Daisy Standouts - from Seed

Magazine article Sunset

Daisy Standouts - from Seed

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Sow these 10 now for summer color

THE DAISY FAMILY of flowers is made up of dozens of species that vary widely in plant form and flower color. Started this month from seed, daisies deliver a lot of summer color without draining your budget or drinking much water.

The 10 daisies described here were among the top performers selected from 36 drought-tolerant varieties in testing by UC Cooperative Extension in Santa Cruz County. Plants were evaluated on form, length of bloom time, ease of care, and resistance to disease and insects.

Coreopsis (C. stillmanii 'Golden Rosette'). Mounding plant to 1 foot; yellow 1 1/2-inch flowers; ferny deep green foliage.

Creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens 'Mandarin Orange'). Compact ground cover 4 to 6 inches tall, spreading to 1 foot or more; orange-yellow 1/2-inch flowers with deep brown centers.

Dahlberg daisy (Dyssodia tenuiloba). Plants form neat mounds to 1 foot tall and 2 feet across; bright yellow 1-inch flowers; ferny foliage.

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium). Ferny foliage to 2 feet, covered with white 3/4-inch flowers; self-sowing.

Fleabane (Erigeron 'Blue Beauty'). Foliage grows in a neat rosette to 8 inches; purple 1 1/2-inch flowers with yellow centers.

Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta 'Green Eyes' or 'Irish Eyes'). Upright plant to 2 1/2 feet; golden yellow 4- to 5 inch flowers with olive green centers.

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia 'Goldfinger'). Upright, dense plant to 3 to 4 feet; red-orange 3-inch flowers; velvety blue-green foliage. …

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