It is such a rewarding plant. It is reasonably hardy, fast growing and profuse in its delivery of flowers, from June until October. Osteospermum makes for a very feisty plant. It suppresses weeds with its dense foliage, tolerates drought or wet and most forms of neglect. A great choice for the occasional gardener.
A truly hardy Osteospermum collection
There are plenty of varieties of Osteospermum to choose from, so here is a collection that is tailored for UK-hardiness. The collection comprises of the following varieties:
- Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’ – A perfect contrast to its purple-pink coloured cousins, sporting clean, white petals with a golden yellow eye.
- Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’ – Bold pink daisy flowers open every morning to greet the sun.
- Osteospermum jucundum var. compactum – Irrepressibly cheerful, bright pink daisy flowers smother carpets of low growing foliage.
Caring for your Osteospermum
Plant in a sunny spot, either in the ground or in containers and pots. Water well, until the plants are established and feed with a general organic fertiliser. To encourage a succession of flowers, ensure that you regularly deadhead spent blooms. If your Osteospermum plants become straggly, then prune them back. This will encourage plenty of fresh growth. I usually take cuttings from the prunings as they do tend to take very easily.
If you live in a colder part of the country, I’d recommend you over winter your Osteospermum plants in a greenhouse for extra assurance.