I wrote earlier this month about the extreme cold temperatures that we had been dealing with. Well, we are now experiencing warmer then normal temperatures with highs hitting about 78 degrees F. While I do love this weather, I am NOT liking how my allergies have flared up. I am writing this with swollen, itchy and watery eyes……definitely not a pretty sight. So, I will stay indoors, hoping that my allergy medication decides to kick in sometime soon 😉
On another note, I have enjoyed sharing with you some of the wonderful plants that are ‘lesser-known’ in the garden.
Basically, lesser-known plants are those that are underused in the garden. I think the reason is, is that most people are so used to using the more common landscape plants, that they do not know what other alternatives are out there.
So, if you are tired of your front landscape, looking like everyone else, then you should definitely try out some of these plants in your landscape. So far, we have showcased Valentine, Chaparral Sage and Coral Fountain.
Today’s star is one that I have used quite a bit in the past 10 years. Although I have seen it used in commercial plantings, it is still not seen too often in residential landscapes, which is a shame.
Angelita Daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis formerly Hymenoxys acualis), is a must have for the garden. I love the bright, daisy-like flowers and the little grass-like leaves.
This pretty little perennial is native to the high desert areas of the United States, but also thrives in the low desert as well.
They look great when massed together. I normally use 3 planted about 1 ft. apart. Alternatively, they can be planted alone as well and look great when placed next to boulders or in containers.
Angelita Daisies make a great alternative for Gold Lantana and does not suffer frost damage in both the low and high deserts.
**In fact, Angelita Daisy is hardy to -20 degrees F. So it is perfect for those who live in colder climates as well!
Here are some other reasons to use this wonderful little perennial in your garden:
Thrives in full sun.
Is not picky about soil, as long as it is well-drained.
Does not require fertilizer.
Is fairly low-maintenance. Occasional deadheading of flowers is all.
In low desert areas, Angelita Daisy blooms off an on all year long, with the strongest bloom occurring in spring.
It’s mature size of 1 ft. high and wide, makes it perfect for any size garden.
Angelita Daisies are not all that impressive when viewed in their containers, but as soon as they are planted and their roots have a chance to grow, you will be rewarded with a showy display of yellow flowers.
As the plants age, you may prune them back if needed and they do spread by seed.
I think I will use some in my summer containers this year.
How about you?
Where will you use Angelita Daisy in your garden?