With its blooms of oranges, yellows and reds, old-fashioned gloriosa daisies add a bold splash of bright color to the flower garden. Cutting gloriosa daisies just encourages more prolific blooming, so feel free to cut the long stems to use in cut flower arrangements from early summer to autumn. Gloriosa daisies are hardy, sun-loving plants that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. They're tall enough to act as a backdrop for shorter plants, and they work well in a wildflower patch or naturalized garden.
Select a sunny spot to plant gloriosa daisies. Although they can grow in partial shade, they won't be as big and bright as they will in full sunlight.
Remove any weeds and work the soil well. Sprinkle the gloriosa daisy seeds on top of the ground and cover them with a light dusting of soil. Keep the soil moist, but be sure to water carefully until the seeds sprout, or you'll wash away the tiny seeds.
Cut the long stems of gloriosa daisies for use in flower arrangements as often as you like. Be sure to deadhead the blossoms after they've passed their peak. To deadhead, simply clip the spent blossom with garden shears or pinch it off with your fingers.
Prune the gloriosa daisy plants after the first frost and cover the plants with a layer of mulch. In most climates, they will return from the roots the following spring.
Things You Will Need
- Gloriosa daisy seeds
- Garden shears