Gerbera daisies have stunning blossoms and wide range of available colors. These perennial flowers may be raised in containers or directly in the garden. You may want to plant them with an appropriate companion plant.
Companion planting is a practice which involves the pairing of two plants which will benefit each other in some way. For example, the plants may mutually detour pests from each other or provide nutrients to each other more efficiently than a skilled gardener would be able to. Companion planting combines beauty and functionality.
Planting dichondra with gerbera daisies produces an elegant and attractive flower bed. The foliage of dichondra is reminiscent of the lily pads you may see in a local pond, and it spreads quickly around the base of any established flower. If you’re looking for a ground cover companion plant for your gerbera daisies, choose dichondra.
Planting heliotrope to companion your gerbera daisies will accentuate their beauty. The flowers will seem brighter as they are contrasted against the dark blossoms typical of most heliotrope. Heliotrope has a fragrance that is often compared to cherry pie and does well in full sun.
Million bells are a sprawling evergreen perennial which produces blossoms that are similar in appearance to petunias. This plant has similar care demands as the gerbera daisy. The only discrepancy is that million bells should be pruned once every year or two to maintain shape and prevent it from out-competing other plants.
Wave petunias are easy to grow and maintain, not to mention they look beautiful next to a patch of gerbera daisies. Wave petunias require regular watering, and the soil they live in should never be allowed to completely dry out between watering. This plant produces numerous blossoms which die and replace themselves several times each season.
The evolvus is an interesting plant which makes an excellent companion to the gerbera daisy. Evolvus is a fast growing, hardy plant which produces blue blossoms with a white center. What makes this plant so interesting is that it produces an abundance of flowers, but each one only lasts for one day. Each flower comes into full bloom, opening during the morning and closing by the end of the afternoon.
There are more than 600 different species of heilchrysum, all of which are suitable to be planted as a companion plant to your gerbera daisies. Heilchrysum are modest in appearance, but they do produce blossoms which are available in a wide array of colors, depending upon the species. The best heilchrysum to plant with gerbera daisies are those which are commonly used as ornamentals. Ornamental species of heilchrysum will produce the most attractive blossoms or foliage.
Portulaca, commonly referred to as moss rose, is an attractive and drought tolerant annual. These plants do not require much care, which makes them an ideal species for beginning gardeners or people who wish to focus on other care intensive plants. Portulaca come in a variety of colors: red, yellow, pink, orange, white, pale blue and more. The flowers of the portulaca look like little round cups. They're about one inch tall and two inches in diameter, and they're sure to be visually appealing next to a patch of healthy gerbera daisies.