Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Ornamental Plants'. Both sites show how I select and grow ornamental plants which can cope with extremely hot and dry conditions in summer, and I show how I use water saving methods to achieve this.............John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
Growing Seaside Daisy.
Latest Update 4th October 2016. Seaside Daisy.
An evergreen perennial, this pretty plant grows continuously and profusely the whole year round, but they are at their best in early spring (see above).
The flowers have pink petals when young which turn white as the plant matures.
It is extremely hardy and grows best in full sun.
It grows from rhizomes and is very drought tolerant. It grows well in all conditions including extreme heat and light frost.
It attracts pollinating insects and insect predators, and is resistant to disease and insect pests.
I cut it back hard in autumn and feed it with a light dressing of compost, and then include it in my monthly spray applications of aerated compost tea. Then I forget all about it.
Binomial Name: Erigeron glaucus.
Garden bed type: Drip line irrigated.
Recommended soil pH: 6.5 - 7.5.
Plant Spacings (centres): 500mm.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geography: Southern Hemisphere.
It is very hardy and requires very little attention.
It survives well in poor soil, but benefit from a feed of homemade compost once a year, and well drained moist soil.
Always minimise soil disturbances to maintain a natural soil structure.
a new bed in spring by removing old mulch, fallen leaves and
other decaying organic material and disposing of them in the compost
heap. I don't dig the soil.
Apply a 60mm thick top dressing of home made compost, and cover with fresh straw mulch.
for 4 weeks so worm and microbe activity can build up structure in the soil.
Propagate Seaside Daisies by root division using the rich wicking media in a
Use a trowel to cut pieces off established plants at the edge of their root ball, and plant them directly into the sieved compost of a propagator.
When ready, transplant them into the prepared bed and water in well with dilute seaweed extract (to suppliers recommendation).