August 17, 2017

Butterfly Kiss

Bonita Kenny Photo | 'Butterfly' Marguerite daisy

Bonita Kenny Photo | ‘Butterfly’ marguerite daisy

Argyranthemum frutescens is native to the Canary Islands, which is fitting when you take a look at the canary yellow blooms of ‘Butterfly,’ a marguerite daisy brought to the world by Proven Winners. This sturdy performer grows in full to partial sunshine, working well either in containers or in a bed. They can reach up to 36 inches tall, although a bit shorter is more the norm. One interesting note about the marguerites is that hot days and hot nights actually slow the blooming down. While the newer breeds seem to be a bit more adaptable to that, you should see a new flush of flowers when the nights cool down again. The description on the Proven Winners site says that you don’t need to deadhead, but we’ve found it does keep the plant striving to bloom again. Ones we don’t deadhead usually “go by” and don’t put on a new burst of bloom when the nights grow cooler. Do give them a bit of fertilizing through the growing season and you should see plenty of sunshine in the garden.

Submitted by Bonita Kenny who writes, “I’m a mother of 3 and grandmother of 5. Love my gardens, the wild birds and other wild life. I am for ever taking photos of the wonderful colors in my own garden along with other gardens.”

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