In many parts of the country, the weather in early spring can be a bit unpredictable—warm then cold, bright sun then rain. Able to handle the season’s ups and downs, English daisies and Hens & Chicks are two of our favorite, up-for-anything arrivals in the nursery. Read on to learn more about these beautiful and resilient botanicals that bring a welcome pop of color to the garden.
English Daisy (Bellis perennis): In England, the English daisy is referred to as a “lawn daisy” because of its frequent (sometimes unwelcome) growth in grassy lawns. Technically a biennial, this spring-blooming flower can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Offer your English daisies full sun and moist soil, and their tuft-like blooms and short, feathery petals in hues of white, pink and red will make them a colorful addition to containers or garden beds.
Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum): Members of the wide-ranging succulent family, Hens & Chicks come in over 3,000 different varieties! Native to Europe and Africa, these succulents get their name from a tendency to propagate via offsets. The “hen” is the central plant, and the “chicks” are the propagated offspring that spread around the central “hen.” Gaining wild popularity in recent years thanks to their unique appearance and low-maintenance needs, Hens & Chicks make for hardy ground cover; they thrive in rock gardens and containers when planted in well-draining, dry soil and full-to-partial sun. Too much water will rot their moisture-rich leaves, which makes them ideal for planting in drought-prone areas. Hens & Chicks’ colors change throughout the seasons, making them a year-round delight for the garden.
Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived greens.Comment