Most “big yellow daisies” are full-sun, vigorous growing, and highly reliable gardening plants. They’re not tiny plants that can be easily tucked away in the aisles of your local box store. However, they can give your summer garden their zing and are big enough to take on the borders on the back and will keep your garden from turning sour through the autumn season.
Yellow Daisies Are Everywhere
Have your child draw a flower, and they’ll pull you the daisy. It is a circle surrounded by a flower ring. Daisies are considered the most basic kind of flower, but they’re far more complex than they seem.
The central disk comprises hundreds of tiny blossoms tightly packed and enclosed by a ring of “ray florets,” elongated petals, each having a little flower at the bottom. These flowers make the perfect habitat for wildlife, as pollinators can sip nectar from several small nectar wells.
Their name comes in Old English, “daeges eage” through Middle English, “dayesye,” which translates to “day’s eye,” due to the habit of lawn daisies of opening at dawn and closing around dusk.
This is why they are “fresh as a daisy” because they are fresh each day. In many cultures, daisies are thought to be associated with childbirth, childhood, motherhood, and play. They are used to celebrate new mothers.
When put together into daisy chains can make the most simple and most attractive flower crowns. You can also take the petals off one at a time to see whether or not your love has been unconditional: “He loves me, he loves me not.”
Here are some of our top picks:
Heliopsis (false sunflowers)There are a variety of species within this genus that can be beautiful choices to plant in the summer border. Heliopsis helianthoides “Summersonne'” is a four-foot variety with 3-4 inches wide, bright golden flowers, and sturdy stems.
This flower blooms continuously for months and makes excellent cut flowers in addition. It was also selected as a Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner in the year 2017.
Helianthus (Sunflowers) Okay, this group also includes those annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus.) It’s an excellent plant for the garden but isn’t able to bloom every year. Helianthus ‘London Gold’ is a fantastic 4-foot selection with a large amount of double, 2-inch diameter golden yellow summer blooms if you want to grow perennial sunflowers.
Heleniums (Sneezeweed) Although they are small in the garden, they’re excellent bloomers in the late summer and early autumn. “Mardi Gras” is a 2.5-foot-tall plant with brilliant orange flowers surrounded by sparkling gold. Give good drainage for best growth.
In addition to those “H” plants, other top-quality yellow daisy perennials are worthy of space in the Kentucky garden.
Rudbeckia (coneflower, black-eyed Susan)The gold standard for a long time has been “Goldsturm,” a flowering, vigorous mound that blooms in summer at about 2 feet wide and tall.
There are likely to be more ‘Goldsturm plants throughout US landscapes than gardeners who are skeptical about taking care of them, and for great reason.
Rudbeckia fulgida, also known as fulgida, is a species that can bloom longer than Goldsturm.’ The flowers are smaller, but it appears to last forever. It isn’t easy to locate, but it is certainly is worth the effort.
Rudbeckia maxima (giant coneflower)In the Yew Dell staff, this is the top-rated. A rosette-like base of blue-green leaves swells to tall, 8-foot stems topped by bright yellow daisies with large cones of brown.
Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstonne’ (shiny coneflower)Another one of the great coneflowers that can be grown to be 7-8 feet tall, topped by 3 inches of diameter, vibrant yellow (not gold) flowers, and cones with yellow centers.
Coreopsis Dryopteris (tall coreopsis)An indigenous perennial of everyday use that has been widely used after the release of the cultivar Gold Standard.
It can grow to 7 feet tall and create an elongated clump of about four feet in width. This one began blooming around two weeks ago and will continue until the end of September.
Silphium (silphium)A variety is giant native prairie species are excellent, long-lasting gardening plants. They can seed in a few places, but they stand out so much in the meadow or the garden that it’s definitely worth the price.
Our current favorite is Silphium laciniatum, a compass plant. It can grow to 8-10 feet tall, with vibrant yellow flowers and fern-like glossy green leaves.
It’s called a compass plant since its leaves align along a north-south axis. Like other Silphiums, it is recommended to plant it where you’d like it to be.
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