Height 10-20cm (4-8in)
Planting distance 20-25cm (8-10in)
Flowers late spring to mid summer
Sun or partial shade
From the familiar wild daisy come several bigger, brighter garden varieties which are ideal for edgingor mixing with other plants in window-boxes and containers. They have white, pink and red mop-like borne in profusion from late spring to mid summer on 10-20cm (4-8in) high stems. The loose rosettes of ever-green leaves form a dense carpet on the ground.
The following varieties are all developed from Bellis perennis.
‘Bright Carpet’ has small double red, white and rose blooms.
‘Goliath’ has large double blooms in shades of red, salmon-pink, pink and white.
‘Pomponette’ produces a mass of very small double flowers in reds, pinks and whites.
‘Spring Star’ has large, fully double flowers in white, red or rose, carried well above the foliage.
Sow the seeds in early summer in shallow drills in an outdoor seed bed. Thin, then transplant to the flowering site in early autumn, setting the plants 15-23cm (6-9in) apart. Ordinary garden soil, in sun or partial shade is suitable. Dead-head to prevent seeding.
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