Flower spotlight: gerbera daisies
Originating in South America, Africa, and Asia, gerbera daisies are known for their bold, bright colors like a box of crayons. Also known as the African daisy, these popular blooms are actually composed of hundreds of tiny flowers called the capitulum. Their blooms generally grow up to 2 to 5 inches in diameter on top of short, sturdy stems, which makes them an excellent selection for vase, containers, and baskets of all shapes and sizes.
If you are interested in growing them at home, these pretty perennials need lots of space in a outdoor flower bed to spread, and they thrive in full sun. When planted in the home garden, they attract butterflies, bees, and birds, and are also deer resistant. Keep in mind that they are prone to fungal disease and rot, so it is important to water them in the morning. This will give their leaves plenty of time to dry throughout the day.
Gerbera daisies hold an important place in the commercial floral world as the fifth most used cut flower around the globe. Daisies of every kind have always been a summer staple, and these little gems are no exception. They look pretty and bold in both short and tall designs, as they pair great with the many other blooms. For summer brides going for a farm or country wedding theme, gerbera daisies look great in small, organic containers made of rusted metal or wood veneer.
They also make great additions to garden parties and casual cookouts alike! For a colorful pop of color, group them together with sunflowers and green hypericum in milk glass vases; or simply throw a few in jelly jars to add a festive feel. Gerbera daisies are versatile and can help fill out an arrangement for a variety of different occasions. Talk to your Lilygrass florist about some of the best ways to incorporate a few happy gerbera daisies into your next arrangement!
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