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This tough plant endures poor soil, baked conditions, and drought beautifully and still produces bold-color, daisylike flowers from summer to frost.
A perennial in Zones 9-11 -- the hottest parts of the country -- gazania is grown as an annual elsewhere and blooms from mid-summer to frost. A summer plant often grown as an annual, gazania bears boldly colored daisy-shaped flowers from summer to frost. The flowers appear over toothed dark green or silver leaves (the foliage color differs between varieties). They're great in beds and borders and containers, too.
Plant established seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Do not fertilize, and keep soil on the dry side.
Soften gazania's bold flowers with the delicate blooms of California poppy. Both thrive in hot, dry sites.Lisianthus
Dwarf varieties of purple-flowering lisianthus look beautiful against gold and orange gazania varieties, especially those with fuzzy silver leaves.Pentas
Daisy-shape gazania flowers look beautiful against the full heads of pentas. Plus, butterflies love both plants.