by Bob Reidmuller
printed in Garden Compass magazine, Nov/Dec 2002
Used with permission.

The year is nearly gone when it seems to have just started, and we will soon be in a sea of poinsettias. With the screaming heat of summer all but a memory it’s time to brighten up with some cool weather perennials. Most perennials are taking a well-deserved breather, but the perennial Daisy Gang is ramping up to take over.

Argyranthemums – the fancy Marguerites – are now available in single and double flowering types in white, yellows and pinks. More compact and floriferous than ever, they lend perfectly to bright border plantings and containers – great accents to the Thanksgiving Mums!

Big, bold, Euryops ‘Sonnenschein’ fills up a dreary corner of the landscape in no time with a flood of 2″ wide, bright yellow, double flowers. Robust, it serves best as a background or foundation plant and equally as well in a large container or even trained as a standard! The full double flowers are a welcomed improvement over the old single type.

Don’t forget: Felicia with sky blue petals and bright yellow eye brings a hard to find color to the garden that can light up any pathway, border, pot or window box. Now that your winter garden is bright and “Daisy-fied” don’t forget your winter veggies too: kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach and radishes!