The daisy is a popular flower because it brings joy and beauty to gardens and floral arrangements. The daisy consists of two flower types; the white petals are ray florets while the yellow center is a disk floret. There are many hybrid, native and wildflowers varieties of plants that have similar characteristics to the daisy. These plants vary in color and are used to enhance natural and garden landscapes.
The aster is a perennial flower available in several varieties that range in height from 18 inches to 4 feet. The plant has daisy-like flowers in the colors of pink, lilac or purple and produces blooms during the fall. Asters are hardy flowering plants that grow in a well-draining soil and full sun light conditions.
The gaillardia plant, also called blanket flower, is a daisy-like re-seeding annual that blooms in late summer through early fall. Gaillardia grows to a height of 18 to 24 inches and produces fuzzy leaf foliage with red and yellow pinwheel flower petals that resemble a blanket. Plant the gaillardia is an area that has a well-draining soil and full sunlight conditions.
The mayweed plant produces a 1-inch daisy-like flower with white petals and a yellow center. Mayweed is found growing naturally along roadsides where it blooms during the months of June through October. The plant grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet with fern-like foliage that has an unpleasant smell. Mayweed also is called stinking chamomile as it resembles the plant that chamomile tea is made from.
The boltonia plant, also called white doll’s daisy, is a plant from the aster family. The plant grows to a height of 1 to 5 feet depending on the location and growing conditions. Boltonia blooms are approximately 1 inch in size in the colors of white, purple, pink or blue with a yellow center and is in bloom from July to October. The plant is found growing naturally in sandy and wet landscapes.
The Helenium plant produces brilliant colored daisy-like flowers and grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet. The plant is available in several varieties with flowers in the color of crimson, red, gold or orange. Helenium blooms in late summer through early fall and grows well in a nutrient-rich soil that has plenty of moisture to prevent it from drying out.