SWAN RIVER DAISY IN HANGING BASKETS
Swan River Daisy or
Brachycome Multifida comes from southeastern Australia and is a great
plant for hanging baskets and hanging planters – as it is relatively
new, it can still be hard to locate plants so consider looking online if
you can’t locate one at your local garden centre.
The Flowers are mildly
fragrant, they attract Butterflies, are Drought Tolerant and are Easy to
Grow. So as a plant for hanging basket Swan River Daisy has everything
going for it.
With beautifully divided leaves, white, yellow, or lavender-pink to blue
“daisies” which flower almost non-stop throughout the summer – it is
rapidly becoming one of our favorite plants for baskets.
Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia) can thrive in soils ranging
from sandy loam to clay. Horticulturists from the Botanic Gardens Trust
of Sydney, Australia describe the flower as providing planters with "a
soft, dappled look."
This plant works well in full sun so is ideal for hanging baskets.
Growing Swan River Daisies in Hanging Baskets
While it works well in
full sun and is hailed as drought tolerant, when growing this daisy in a
hanging basket, try make sure your soil never dries out completely, as
this stresses the plant and its leaves will turn yellow, some flowers
will drop and it will take several weeks to return back to full health.
your plant will survive dry and short periods of even drought-like
conditions, it will not thrive under such stress.
This annual does best
when planted in spring a few weeks before the last frost date. It also
likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil.
Swan River Daisy will grows trouble-free in full all day sun, yet a
great and often over looked feature is that it will grow even better
still in morning sun / partial shade.
Deadhead your daisy in your hanging basket regularly to prolong bloom –
just trim the spent flowers off. When summer's heat hits, it is
advisable to shear plants back by about half to rejuvenate them and
encourage more fall bloom.
Swan River Daisy will
tumble over the rims of planters and hanging baskets, and because of
this growth habit, it is often combined with other plants when used in
hanging baskets or hanging planters.
More Hanging Basket Plant Suggestions
Mix the small blue
flowers of Swan River daisy with Gazania's bigger, bolder flowers for a
Combine soft pink or
white varieties of geranium with Swan River daisy for a soothing
combination you can count on throughout the summer.
Swan River daisy looks
great with any color of lisianthus; and the two plants have contrasting
foliage textures to add even more interest.
If upright daisies aren't the effect you seek in your hanging display
then try the Black Eyed Susan Vine for a trailing daisy look .