While the are many reasons a home gardener may choose to plant flowers or establish new flower borders and landscapes, in terms of choices, the options are truly limitless. Whether looking to add dramatic height and color or hoping to encourage the presence of pollinators, the addition of flowering plants can transform plain front or backyards into a visually stimulating garden oasis. One flower, the Swan River daisy (Brachyscome iberidifolia), rewards its growers with a profusion of small, delicate blooms and a lovely subtle fragrance.
What are Swan River Daisies?
Swan river daisy flowers are an annual flower native to certain parts of Australia. Reaching heights of just over 1.5 feet (30 cm.), Swan River daisy flowers range in color from white to blue-violet.
In addition to its beauty, this fast-growing flower is beloved by many for its sweet scent and its ability to attract pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies, into the landscape. Though Swan River daisy blooms are relatively small, usually growing no larger than 1 inch (2.5 cm.), the large flower clusters make for a noticeable and beautiful display in landscape flower borders.
How to Grow Swan River Daisies
When it comes to Swan River daisy, growing the flower is quite simple. Foremost, gardeners will need to ensure proper growing conditions for the plants to thrive. Though adaptable, this plant may have difficulty growing where summer temperatures are hot with high humidity. Cool summer climates are ideal for the cultivation of this plant.
Swan River daisy flowers can be direct sown into the garden after all chance of frost has passed, but many growers choose to first start the plants indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Those unable to do so may also have success through use of the winter sowing method.
Beyond planting, Swan River daisy care is relatively simple. When transplanting into the garden, make certain to situate plants in a well-draining location that receives direct sunlight. Once established, plants should bloom throughout the summer, gradually producing less flowers into the fall.
Trimming plants to remove spent blooms in late summer will help to encourage further bloom time into fall.