Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) bloom from the beginning of summer to the first frost. These large flowers appear in shades of yellow, pink, peach and red. Arrangements can be calm when only pale colors are used, or festive with bright colors. The plants grow from 12 to 18 inches and are hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 8, where they can be used as perennials. In all other zones they are annuals. Gerbera daisies like well-drained soil and full sun. In addition to performing well as cut flowers, these daisies have a variety of other applications.
Centerpieces and Containers
Centerpieces for indoor or outdoor tables often use gerbera daisies as the main flower. Because of its striking color and dark green foliage, the flowers create impact at a low cost. Paired with smaller flowers at the edges in a contrasting color, or standing alone, a gerbera daisy centerpiece makes a lasting impression. In addition to table centerpieces, gerbera daisies work well in containers placed on patios or at entryways.
Many brides choose gerbera daisies because they are inexpensive, but very striking. In addition, the vibrant colors make them suitable for fall weddings that feature red, orange and yellow. Gerbera daisies pair well with other fall items, such as pumpkins.
Besides use as accent flowers, gerbera daisies work well in the bridal bouquet. These sturdy cut flowers look elegant when fastened with a single ribbon tied around the stems. Finally, this daisy can even be cut shorter and used to accent the hair, as a corsage or other wearable decoration.
Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes
Gerbera daisies are sometimes used in the centers of hanging baskets or window boxes. These large striking flowers can be used as the upright element in these containers. Often trailing plants are combined with gerbera daisies to create contrast.