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A medium-sized genus of about 130 species, which originate from Australia. Some are fully hardy, but coming from where they do it is not surprising that many are tender and need protected conditions. They are called daisy bushes because their flowers are daisy-shaped with white ray petals and a yellow central disc. The majority are white-flowered but there are some that are blue or pink.

One of the bush’s characteristics is that the flowers, which appear in late spring or summer, are usually produced in profusion, sometimes covering the bush to the extent that the foliage cannot be seen. The leaves are evergreen and rather leathery. Many of the bushes are lax and not particularly elegant. To disguise this fact, the bushes are best planted amongst other shrubs or perennial plants, rather than being used as specimen shrubs. They will grow in any reasonably fertile soil as long as it is well-drained. Choose a warm sunny spot. Remove up to a third of the old wood after flowering to encourage new vigorous growth. If necessary it can be pruned hard, back into old wood. Increase from semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer.

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