Go for gazanias
Gazanias are bold, bright and easy to grow, writes Henri Ham from Awapuni Nurseries
Looking for some easy-care, bright and beautiful flowers to lift your garden spirits? How about growing gazanias?
With names like kiss orange flame, sunshine, and kiss rose, they are bold, bright and, best of all, blooming easy to grow.
Sometimes called the African daisy, gazanias have the same shape as the English (common) daisy. But their flowers are much larger (up to 10cm across) and come in vibrant colours like orange, red and pink.
They can grow to 30cm high and are best used for mass planting in garden beds, as ornamental ground cover and to edge lawns. They also look great in pots, tubs and window boxes.
The best thing about gazanias is they survive with almost no care. They are tolerant of poor, dry and sandy soil, making them ideal for a house at the beach or areas you don’t get around to watering much.
You can get your gazania seedlings from your local Bunnings or Mitre 10, or shop online at Awapuni Nurseries and have them delivered to your door. We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the quality of your plants. If you’re not completely happy we will replace them for you.
Gazania are super easy to plant. Simply dig a small hole and space each seedling 20cm apart. If you’re thinking of mass planting gazania (20-30 seedlings in an area), why not grab one of our bulk seedling bundles that come with 25 seedlings in them?
Although they are droughtresistant, you will get bigger and more flowers if you do water them.
I pinch off fading flowers with my fingers to encourage more to bloom.
In late winter or early spring, give your gazania plants a prune by cutting the foliage back to 5 to 10cm above the ground. You can do this with pruning shears and it will revive the plant and bring on new growth.
And now for a fun flower fact. gazania flowers close up at night. Why? To reduce their risk of freezing. And if it’s cloudy the next day they won’t open fully.