Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



A wide variety of daisy-flowered plants are easy to grow while having the classic cottage-garden look.

The term "daisy" encompassed a broad range or ornamentals carrying the typical compound daisy-type flower. Some of the commonly cultivated types are annuals, some herbaceous perennials, some semi-shrubs.

For annuals like sunflowers, zinnias or gaillardia, see the Annuals and bedding plants page.

This page deals with the perennial types. This does not mean they are necessarily long-lived, but most can be propagated readily. This will keep favourite types going and help fill up the garden cheaply.

Online Information

Please note that some plant varieties referred to in links might not be available in Australia, or may be known here under a different name.

Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy)

Traditionally called marguerite daisy. Sometimes called Federation Daisies®, but this is a trade name that only applies to a particular brand Australian-bred varieties (see for more information). Older types are large and lanky, but newer types are usually bred for compact growth as well as a variety of flower colours and forms. Short lived plants but in so pretty in flower you might think they came straight from a child's picture-book.

Argyranthemum frutescens Missouri Botanical Garden
Argyranthemum frutescens Kentucky Garden Flowers, University of Kentucky
Argyranthemum frutescens Missouri Botanical Garden
Marguerite Daisies for Auckland (Argyranthemum) Auckland Botanic Gardens (PDF)


Asters - Stars of the Show in Fall Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Durable Asters Keep it Going into Fall Colorado State University
Asteraceae, Aster/Michaelmas Daisy Washington State University Clark County Extension
Frikart's Aster Aster x frikartii. Cornell University
Aster, New England Aster novi-angliae. Cornell University
New York Aster, (tall varieties) Michaelmas Daisy. Aster novi-belgi tall varieties. Cornell University


Pinch Your Mums Purdue University
Mum's the Word: Longwood Grows Mammoth Mum Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia
Heat Delay in Garden Mums due to High Night Temperatures Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Purdue University
Premature Budding and Flowering of Garden Mum Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Purdue University


Another daisy-flowered genus, usually in yellow/orange tones. Common Coreopsis lanceolata is considered a weed in many areas but there are other select species/hybrids available.
Coreopsis - Plant PaletteUniversity of Illinois
Coreopsis: A Gardener's Delight Universiy of Nebraska-Lincoln


Secrets of the black dahlia

A study of the "black" dahlia has revealed that the large amounts of red anthocyanins are produced due to a lack of flavones (associated with white flowers) competing for biochemical building blocks. It is not caused by increased activity of the anthocyanin pathway. The findings are a step towards engineering flavone content of plants. Source: Le Rouge et le Noir: Where the black dahlia gets its color (November 2012)


Dahlias in Canberra Horticultural Society of Canberra
Dahlia Culture Oregon State University
Dahlia imperialis The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Plant Profile: Tree dahlia Dahlia imperialis
Dahlia imperialis The Florez Nursery blog, NSW


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Euryops pectinatus
Euryops chrysanthemoides Euryops chrysanthemoides Euryops chrysanthemoides
Euryops chrysanthemoides formerly Gamolepis chrysanthemoides.
More information online
Garden Discoveries - The Case of the Misnamed Daisy (Euryops hybrids) Post at Hawaii Horticulture (blog)


Felicia amelloides "Blue Marguerite" San Francisco Botanical Garden


go to the Gaillardia page


Gazania Gazania frebsiana subsp. serrulata. Kruger National Park - South Africa Safari and Lodging Guide
Gazania rigens (L.) Gaertn. var. leucolaena (DC.) Roessler South African National Biodiversity Institute
Gazania krebsiana Less. South African National Biodiversity Institute


go to the Gerberas page


go to the Helichrysum page


go to the Osteospermum page


Melampodium provides a rock-solid performance Mississippi State University
Melampodium divaricatum Missouri Botanical Garden
Medallion Flower Melampodium paludosum. University of Illinois Extension


Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne' UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada

Shasta Daisy

How Luther Burbank Made the Shasta Daisy Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, California
Shasta Daisy Describes the origin of this variety. City of Santa Rosa, California
Shasta Daisy Chrysanthemum maximum. Texas A&M University
Leucanthemum x superbum Ohio State University
Leucanthemum X superbum Flowers of India


Sunflowers Washington State University Clark County Extension
Sunflowers for Summer Fun Purdue University
Sunflowers for Sunny Places University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The secret of van Gogh's sunflowers
The sunflowers painted by van Gogh have a proliferation of yellow petals and a reduced central disc compared to common sunflowers which typically have a only single whorl of yellow "ray florets". A mutant gene creating a double-flowered inflorescence has been identified. A double varieties screened have the same mutation, suggesting this is the indeed the one responsible for the blooms van Gogh painted. Similar varieties are popular today as ornamentals and cut flowers. Source: UGA scientists reveal genetic mutation depicted in van Gogh's sunflower paintings (March 2012)

Goondiwindi students sunflower champions
Goondiwindi State High School have won the annual Sunflower Competition withan entry weighing 1.837kg. More information atThe University of Queensland website: Goondiwindi growers top the scales (May 2010)


go to the Zinnias page


Australian Daisies Australian Plants Society, Central Coast Group, NSW
Growing paper daisies Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney
Bidens sp. Mexican Stickseed San Francisco Botanical Garden
Montanoa arborescensDaisy Tree. Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California
Tree Dahlia Louis the Plant Geek, Rhode Island USA

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