by Connie Oswald Stofko
Have you ever considered growing wild daisies in your garden? Some people think of them as weeds, but they have a treasured spot in my garden.
They’re hardy and easy to grow. Whether we get a hot, dry summer or a cold, rainy summer, the daisy can take it in stride. They do like sun, but you may be able to grow them in shadier spots, too. (Correction: I had written that these are native plants, but they were actually introduced to North America from Eurasia.)
Daisies bloom for weeks and weeks. I love that.
The plant is a perennial and will come back year after year. It will spread, too. Unlike some other wild plants, however, daisies won’t take over your garden. If you find them growing in a spot where you don’t want them, they’re easy to yank out or move to a better spot.
Daisies are a great flower for cutting and using in vases. If you’re like me and are torn about cutting your beautiful flowers because you don’t like the bare spot in the garden, don’t worry. This is one case where you can have your cake and eat it, too. In my experience, the daisies will bloom again after you cut them. Plus, cutting them will keep them from getting leggy and drooping.
Give them a try and let me know what you think.