English daisy plant is a vibrant and perky flowering plant that bring spring cheer to the garden. Originally from Europe, these pretty flowers can now be found in many nations and are a treat to the spring garden. These petite to medium size pom-pom like flowers pop into bloom in March or April, and just in time of when your garden could use a burst of color.
Depending on geography, English daisy may be seen as a welcome harbinger or vigorous flowers that will take over the garden and are sometimes considered a weed. Another name for the English daisy is lawn daisy because of its ability to grow in lawns and become mildly invasive in some areas. And because English daisies can thrive in mild environments, they may be hard to control, and it is best for container gardening.
English daisy, common daisy, lawn daisy, European daisy
6-12 inches tall
Full sun to part shade
4 to 8 (USDA)
Non-toxic and pet friendly
Common Name: English daisy, common daisy, lawn daisy, European daisy
Mature Size: 6-12 inches tall
Sun Requirement: Full sun to part shade
Planting Zones: 4 to 8 (USDA)
Toxicity: Non-toxic and pet friendly
English Daisy (bellis perennis) Care Guide
The English daisy plants are biennial, which means they will germinate and produce foliage in the first year, and then blooms the next spring. It won't bloom on the third season, but they do self-seed and setting for future blooms. If you are looking to add colors to your garden, purchasing it from a gardener or nursery is the quickest option. And if you wish to grow English daisy plants from seed, sow the seeds in early spring or early fall.
English daisy thrives in four to six hours of daily sun. If you live in the hotter zone, the plant would appreciate some afternoon shades, and keeps them blooming longer. Some may slow during hot summer days and return the weather cools in later summer or fall.
English daisy plants are adaptable to soil types but love a good drainage, rich, and loamy soil. You can plant them in rocky and poor conditions and they a great plant for rock gardens. It can tolerate a wide pH range of soil condition from acidic to alkaline.
English daisy plants can't tolerate drought condition and will need a regular watering schedule to stay bloom. The daisies appreciate soil that is cool, moist but not a soggy condition.
Temperature and humidity
The English daisy grows best in cool temperatures or an area with cooler summers. They can be grown in damp conditions, including high humidity.
English daisy plant is not a heavy feeder and will extract what they need from the rich soil. If you are growing the English daisy in rock gardens that has poor soil condition, apply an slow-releasing all purpose flower fertilizer in early spring.
Potting and repotting
Choose a planter that has a drainage hole and fill it with any standard potting soil. Discard the plant after blooming is done, and repot the new ones the next season for fresh blooms.
Propagating English Daisies
In cool summer regions, English daisies will propagate themselves. Take advantage of your exuberance plant by dig and divide the plants in spring time or early fall.
English daisies are low maintenance and don't need pruning or deadheading. But if you do remove the old bloom, the plant will put its energy into producing more blooms or seeds. If the plant stops blooming, it is due to high temperature.
Common Pests and diseases
No serious pest or disease problem in English Daisy species are known. But on the lookout for thrips and leaf miners as the temperature warms up. If any plants look shabby, it can be removed.
How To Remove English Daisy From Garden
When English daisies are grown in the ground, they can be invasive and vigorous flowers as it thrives in mild conditions and grows like a weed. To eliminate the entire plant, you must remove the entire root system. Otherwise, flowers can return.
Best companion Plants With English Daisy
The best companion plants with English daisies in your garden are other early Spring flowers that appreciate cool weather like pansies, dianthus, snapdragons, and violets.
Varieties of English Daisy
The 'Galaxy' English daisy
The 'Galaxy' is a variety of English daisies that produce white, red, or pink color flowers with yellow centers.
'Pomponette' English daisy
Bellis 'Pomponette' is a variety of red, pink, and white-colored daisies in a spherical shape and quilled petals.
'Tasso Pink' English daisy
Bellis 'Tasso Pink' is an heirloom variety with light pink blooms that grow to 6 inches tall.
'Habanera Mix' English daisy
Bellis 'habanera mix' produces large white, pink, or red poms with darker shaded color edges and a swirl of petals at the middle This type of English daisy grows 6 inches tall.