Layia: tidy-tips

Height 45cm (18in)

Planting distance 25cm (10in)

Flowers early summer to mid autumn

Any well-drained soil

Sunny site

Hardy annual

The charm of tidy-tips (Layia elegans) lies in the neat white tips of the pale yellow petals giving each flower an attractive fringe. The petals themselves surround a bright yellow central disc.

Tidy-tips is a bushy well-branched plant, some 45cm (18in) high with pleasantly scented grey-green leaves. It is suitable for growing in herbaceous borders and summer beds of annuals. It provides a long succession of daisy flowers from early summer until mid autumn; they are useful for cutting as well as garden decoration.


Sow the seeds in the flowering site in early to mid spring, just covering them with soil. Well-drained sandy soil gives the best results, though the plants will grow in any soil provided they receive plenty of sunlight.

Thin the seedlings, when large enough to handle, to stand 25cm (10in) apart.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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