Real World Gardener Argy’s or Marguerite Daisies are Plant of the Week

July 17th, 2015

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Talking about Marguerite daisies with Karen Smith editor of and garden nursery owner Jeremy Critchley




In the past, when we’ve planted out daisy bushes, they’ve become straggly or just too big to look tidy.


In steps these new daisy varieties, and who can tell if they’re a Shasta daisy or a Marguerite daisy?


Is there a difference and does it matter?


Because they're so bright and colourful, you just want some in your garden


These particular daisies are colourful, easy to grow, flower a lot and have grayish green, deeply lobed leaves that are ferny and emit a strong fragrance when crushed.


They’ve been around in our Australian gardens for a long time, but what’s new about these plants?



Often mistaken for Shasta daisy and other daisies.

Argies can have flower types such as single or semi double and double flower types.

Plants are salt and wind tolerant and will grow in full sun to part shade, although they'll flower less in part-shade.

Those Marguerite daisies where you can see the centre, these are yellow centres and are the disc florets. The outside petals are the ray florets.

Jeremy's photo

Leaves are finely divided glaucous green foliage with a fragrant (to some) scent.


Argyranthemum or "Argies" are evergreen woody-based perennials or sub-shrubs, that grow no more than 30cm in height with white, yellow or pink, daisy-like flower-heads from late spring to autumn .


As Jeremy mentioned the new Sassy® Series of Marguerite daisy are compact plants with frilly foliage and many daisy-like flowers.



These rounded plants give off lots of flowers on their stem tips.

They first appear early in the spring and continue for a long flowering season. Each flower opens with a button-like golden yellow eye, and depending on the cultivar, have either lemon yellow, white or pink petals




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