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12 Dainty Plants With Daisy-Like Flowers

Daisies are a classic wildflower, almost demanding to be admired on a windowsill or woven into a flower crown. With their white petals and yellow centre disk, it’s fair to say that the daisy is one of the most identifiable flowers. However, like other common wildflowers, daisies can quickly become invasive, earning them the perhaps unfair title of weeds. Fortunately, if you don’t want to tempt fate by growing the common daisy in your garden, there are plenty of daisy like flowers that are less invasive and just as beautiful. To help you create a thriving garden, here are 12 delicate plants with daisy-like flowers you can include in your flowerbeds without worry. 

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1. German Chamomile

german chamomile plants with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Matricaria Chamomilla

Soil Type: Sandy soil

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Planting Season: Spring

German Chamomile is a hardy perennial that produces white, daisy-like flowers with yellow pistils. As well as appreciating their beauty, you can use German Chamomile flowers to create chamomile tea, a herbal beverage known to help treat ailments and aid weight loss. This perennial is simple to grow, and although it prefers sandy soils, it will thrive in almost any soil type if it has adequate drainage. 

2. Purple Coneflower

a purple coneflower plant with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Echinacea

Soil Type: Sandy, loam & chalk soils

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring

The purple coneflower produces daisy-like flowers of a lovely, bright purple colour, with hairy, lance-shaped leaves. Purple coneflowers provide lush green foliage from spring to late autumn, and you can expect to see flowers appearing from early summer. The brown pistil at the centre offers a contrast reminiscent of traditional white and yellow daisies for a fresh take on a classic look.  

3. Sneezeweeds

sneezeweed plants with daisy-like flowers

Scientific Name: Helenium

Soil Type: Well-drained soil, any type

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring or Autumn

Although its name may suggest otherwise, sneezeweed can’t actually make you sneeze – it doesn’t have the pollen grains that cause hay fever symptoms. However, it does make a great alternative to daisies! In particular, the Helenium ‘Feuersiegel’. This perennial produces reddish-brown daisy-like flowers during summer and autumn. Although sneezeweed will thrive in any soil type, it must be well-draining with plenty of sun exposure for successful growth. 

4. Marigolds

red marigold plant with daisy-like flowers

Scientific Name: Tagetes

Soil Type: Well-drained soil, any type

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring

The common marigold is a beautiful, fast-growing annual that produces orange daisy-like flowers through summer and autumn. Alongside their orange flowerheads, the foliage of marigolds also emits an aromatic scent, sometimes compared to the smell of straw. To grow this beautifully scented annual, you’ll need well-draining soil and a sunny spot. 

5. Asters

aster plants with daisy-like flowers

Scientific Name: Aster

Soil Type: Loamy soil

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring

These clump-forming perennials provide a veritable sea of daisy-like flowers, popping up in charming shades of lavender and blue. A central yellow disk offers a bright contrast to the thin petals, which bloom from late summer and through autumn. As well as bringing beauty and colour, asters also produce nectar and pollen, providing a rich ground for pollinators. Although asters will grow in chalk and sand soil types, they prefer loamy soil in a spot where they will receive full sun.

6. False Sunflower

a false sunflower with daisy like petals

Scientific Name: Heliopsis helianthoides

Soil Type: Loamy soil

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Autumn

The false sunflower is a low-maintenance perennial that you can see growing naturally in grassland and woodland. Although (in case you hadn’t guessed!) this plant is similar in looks to a sunflower, with its yellow daisy-like flowers and black centres, it is not the same as the perennial sunflower in the same genus, hence its name. For a false sunflower to thrive, it will need full sun, and you will have the best results if you plant it in autumn. Although it prefers loamy soil, the false sunflower can survive in almost any soil type, including dry and poor soils.

6. Tickseed

tickseed plants with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Coreopsis

Soil Type: Sandy and loamy soil

Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade

Planting Season: Autumn or spring

Tickseed, or Coreopsis, comprises over 100 species and many hybrids. So, you can find a Tickseed species to fit your needs, whether you’re looking for annuals or perennials or a flower that will cope with poor soil conditions. Depending on the species of Tickseed you choose, you can expect to see daisy-like flowers blooming in shades of gold, orange, yellow or red. However, one species, Coreopsis Rosea, blooms with rose pink petals. In most cases, Tickseed has a long blooming season, generally from early summer through to autumn, and can last even longer when deadheaded. 

7. Black-Eyed Susans

black eyed susan plants with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta

Soil Type: Chalk, clay, and loamy soil types

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring

There are many species of black-eyed Susan, most of which produce beautiful daisy-like flowers in an array of colours. Depending on your species, you may see yellow, red, brown or orange flowers on your black-eyed Susan. Additionally, different species of black-eyed Susan may come back every year, particularly the hardy perennial types, such as Rudbeckia laciniata or Rudbeckia fulgida. Finally, you can buy a black-eyed Susan climbing plant (also known as thunbergia alata) that provides daisy-like flowers of the same colour and style. 

Black-eyed Susans are relatively easy to grow and are tolerant of most conditions.

Read More: Black-Eyed Susan – Complete Growing & Care Guide

8. Ice Plant

ice plants with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Aizoaceae

Soil Type: Sandy soil

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: All year round

Many species hold the name of ice plant due to the tiny hairs on the stem that reflect light in a way reminiscent of ice crystals. However, since we’re focusing on those that produce daisy-like flowers, we’d recommend Delosperma ice plants, one of the most popular genera. This genus contains around 170 species of plants, all of which produce charming daisy-like flowers in various colours, including red, purple and yellow. No matter the species, you can plant ice plants all year round, so long as the soil isn’t frozen. 

9. Baby Sun Rose

a baby sun rose plant with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Multiflora rose 

Soil Type: Sandy and loamy soil types

Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade

Planting Season: Spring

This trailing perennial provides evergreen foliage with fleshy leaves and daisy-like flowers of a red-purple colour from summer through to autumn. The baby sun rose is a superb ground cover choice with branching stems and a woody base offsetting its bright coloured flowers. And, it is perfect for water-wise gardens since it only needs watering when the soil is completely dry to the touch. Although they are relatively low maintenance, a baby sun rose needs well-draining soil so it can dry out adequately in between waterings. 

10. Zinnia

zinnia flowers with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Zinnia

Soil Type: Well-drained soil, any type

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Planting Season: Spring

You can’t go far wrong with zinnias for an alternative to daisies. Whether you’re looking for daisy-like flowers in traditional colours or want something with a bit of a twist, there’s a species of zinnia for you! For example, you can get different zinnia species in colours like orange, yellow, white, red and pink. Although all zinnias need a sunny spot to thrive, they will do well in any soil type so long as it has good drainage.  

11. Leopard’s Bane

leopards bane flower with daisy like flowers

Scientific Name: Doronicum

Soil Type: Loam, sandy, and clay soil types

Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade

Planting Season: Late spring

Leopard’s bane is a genus of plants belonging to the sunflower family, and they are as bright and cheery as their distant relatives. With most species producing yellow daisy-like flowers that form in clusters, these perennials bloom in late spring and early summer. This genus got its name because people once believed that all of the plants belonging to it were poisonous to animals. Although it’s not entirely toxic, parts of the leopard’s bane are poisonous to some animals and humans, so it’s best to plant leopard’s bane where curious children or pets won’t go searching. However, plants in the Leopard’s Bane genus are reasonably hardy and will survive in most soil and sun types, although they will need at least partial sun exposure.          

12. Choosing Plants With Daisy Like Flowers

Although daisies are an invasive species, finding other plants with daisy-like flowers relieves some of this burden. You can get all the beauty of the daisy without all the fuss! So, try some of our suggestions for daisy like flowers to fill your garden with colour all year round! Take a look at our growing guides for more ideas to add to your outdoor or indoor garden.

Is there any daisy-like flowers you think should have made our list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below! 

FAQs

Can daisy-like flowers be grown in different climates?

Yes, daisy-like flowers are found in various climates around the world. Different species have different temperature and growing requirements, but there are daisy-like flowers suitable for both warm and cool climates. It’s essential to choose varieties that are well-suited to your specific climate and follow their recommended growing conditions.

Are daisy-like flowers easy to grow?

Generally, daisy-like flowers are relatively easy to grow, making them popular choices for gardens. Many species are adaptable, tolerant of different soil types, and require minimal maintenance. However, specific growing requirements may vary depending on the plant species, so it’s recommended to research and follow the care instructions for the particular type of daisy-like flower you intend to grow.

Can daisy-like flowers attract pollinators?

Yes, daisy-like flowers are often attractive to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hoverflies. The open structure of their flower heads, abundant pollen, and nectar availability make them appealing to a variety of pollinating insects. Planting daisy-like flowers can help support pollinator populations and contribute to overall garden biodiversity.

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