Olearia Daisy Bush
Common name: Daisy bush
These free-flowering shrubs almost completely cover themselves with clusters of daisy-likein summer, hence their common name. They are splendid subjects for coastal areas, coping well with salt-laden atmospheres. These are sun lovers, but not all are reliably hardy.
One that has a good reputation for hardiness is Olearia x haastii. This grows to 1.5m (5ft) in height and has a free-flowering habit; the white flowers are held well clear of the box-like foliage.
With yellow foliage, 0learia nummufarifolia has slightly smaller flower heads. Meanwhile, 0learia cheesemanii has leaves with wavy edges and, here again, masses of white flowers. This is one for a sheltered spot in a mild district.
Soil type Any good fertile, well-drained.
Planting Choose a sunny spot Planting can be carried out in autumn or spring.
Pruning Generalis not required, but it is advisable to trim over with shears at the end of summer to remove dead flowers. Any stray shoots can be removed in early spring.
Propagation Semi-ripe cuttings, taken in early spring.
Pests and diseases Generally trouble free.