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English daisy

Bellis perennis

Looking like a tiny daisy, in England this plant is known as lawn daisy because it grows so short and so dense that it's a weed in lawns, albeit a beautiful weed.

Technically a perennial, English daisy is usually best treated as a biennial (it takes two years to bloom and then dies in the fall) in the South and an annual in the North. Plants survive down to about 10 degrees F so they can be planted in the fall in the South for early-spring bloom. In cool climates, such as England and the Pacific Northwest, they'll bloom from spring planting until summer heat arrives.


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'Galaxy Red' English daisy
'Galaxy Red' English daisy
Bellis 'Galaxy Red' is one variety in the Galaxy Series. Others are 'Galaxy Rose' and 'Galaxy White'. All form low-growing carpets of daisies with a bright yellow eye. Zones 4-8
'Habanera Mix' English Daisy
'Habanera Mix' English Daisy
Bellis 'Habanera Mix' offers large, double flowers in pink, red, and white. They grow 6 inches tall. Zones 4-8
'Pomponette' English daisy
'Pomponette' English daisy
Bellis 'Pomponette' is a mix of red, rose, and white very double daisies with quilled petals. Zones 4-8
'Tasso Pink' English daisy
'Tasso Pink' English daisy
Bellis 'Tasso Pink' produces double soft pink flowers on compact 6-inch-tall plants.

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The quintessential cottage flower, pinks are treasured for their grasslike blue-green foliage and abundant starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant. Depending on the type of pink, flowers appear in spring or summer and tend to be pink, red, white, rose, or lavender, but come in nearly all shades except true blue. Plants range from tiny creeping groundcovers to 30-inch-tall cut flowers, which are a favorite with florists. Foliage is blue-green.Shown above: 'Firewitch' dianthus
From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They're must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don't mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice!They're pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It's at this time that you'll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that's part of their charm -- they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!
Few gardens should be without the easy charm of snapdragons. They get their name from the fact that you can gently squeeze the sides of the intricately shaped flower and see the jaws of a dragon head snap closed. The blooms come in gorgeous colors, including some with beautiful color variations on each flower. Plus, snapdragons are an outstanding cut flower. Gather a dozen or more in a small vase and you'll have one of the prettiest bouquets around.Snapdragons are especially useful because they're a cool-season annual, coming into their own in early spring when the warm-season annuals, such as marigolds and impatiens, are just being planted. They're also great for fall color.Plant snapdragon in early spring, a few weeks before your region's last frost date. Deadhead regularly for best bloom and fertilize regularly. Snapdragons often self-seed in the landscape if not deadheaded, so they come back year after year, though the colors from hybrid plants will often will be muddy looking. In mild regions, the entire plant may overwinter if covered with mulch.Shown above: 'Rocket Red' snapdragon

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