August 24, 2017

Seeing Double

Argyranthemum frutescens 'Fireball Red'

Janine Pineo Photo | Argyranthemum frutescens 'Fireball Red' - marguerite daisy

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

It’s a mouthful, but Argyranthemum frutescens ‘Fireball Red’ is worth the trouble. Or you could just say it’s a marguerite daisy, if anyone asks. The types of marguerites available have blossomed in recent years, and  no wonder. The shrubby plants love to bloom, although you must keep them deadheaded to have any chance of a second flower spurt in late summer. Marguerites actually do best in cooler weather, which probably explains why ours always fade a lot during the hot days of July and August. But expect another showing of color when the days get cooler if you keep the dead buds picked. As for ‘Fireball Red,’ found at Hummingbird Hollow in Holden, this particular variety is unusual with its double flowers, tubular petals and red color.