Daisies, to many people, are the simplistic springtime flowers made up of white petals and a yellow center. The daisy is a member of the Asteraceae family, as are flowers such as the chrysanthemum, dahlia and over 20,000 other species. While there are many different types of daisies, three in particular are most commonly found in domestic gardens across the United States.
Shasta daisies are the most common variety of daisy. They grow either domestically or in the wild. Shasta daisies grow in a cluster, where one plant will produce many blooms within the growing season. The classic white petal, yellow centered flower grows in the spring and summer seasons and requires full sun. Shasta daisies are hardy in planting zones 5-8.
The vibrant colors produced by the Gerber daisy makes them a popular choice for flower gardens and floral bouquets. This type of daisy grows in a cluster where it is common for one plant to produce blooms of different colors. Typical Gerber daisies come in shades of orange, pink, purple, yellow and red, all having a black center. The Gerber daisy is one of the most often used cut flowers in the world. Gerber daisies are hardy in planting zones 9-11.
The Gloriosa daisy is commonly mistaken for the Black-eyed Susan, which is the wildflower that the Gloriosa has been derived from. The flower has dark yellow petals with a brown center and grow up to three feet tall. Gloriosa daisies bloom in late summer to early fall and re-seed themselves each year, classifying them as a perennial plant. They grow well in any type of soil and can tolerate either full sun or partial shade. Gloriosa daisies are hardy in planting zones 5-10.