Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals
3D Blooms for Cool Weather
by Susan Littlefield
Osteopermum ecklonis, also known as African daisy, is a tender perennial used as an annual that relishes the cool weather of fall and spring, when it blooms its best. This makes it perfect for adding color to fall garden beds. Or combine it with other fall flowers and foliage in containers for a seasonal focal point in the landscape.
For even more fall flower power, try the new 3D™ series of osteospermum. Unlike other varieties, these plants keep their blossoms open night and day. Available in pink (pictured), silver, and purple, the daisy-like flowers of 3D™ osteospermums have a tufted center with a deeper color than the outer petals. They look lovely in autumnal combinations with pansies, mums, ornamental grasses and flowering kale and other cool-season bloomers. Plants grow 10-24 inches tall and should be spaced 12-15 inches apart.
Osteospermums do well in full to part sun and thrive with regular fertilization. Spring-planted ostespermums that have taken a break from blooming in the heat of the summer can be cut back in late summer in preparation for another round of flowers as the weather cools. Or you can purchase container plants at local garden stores that are ready to put on a glorious fall show until hard frost hits.
To find out more about 3D™ osteospermums, go to: National Garden Bureau.