Paraic’s Plant Of The Month: June 2018

The June plant of the month is the Gazania Giant Orange, a member of the Asteraceae family. A native of South Africa, the Gazania Giant Orange creates a stunning show of colour in a warm, sunny position in the garden. It has a dramatic, daisy-like bloom and comes in shades of rose, red, pink, bronze, gold and orange, set off by cool green foliage.

It is a weather dependent flower. In dull weather, the blooms close their petals but as the sunshine returns, they put on a bright show again. It flowers from June to November.

How do I grow a Gazania Giant Orange?

The Gazania Giant Orange is an easy to grow plant. The following are planting guidelines:

  • Plant in well-drained soil and in full sun
  • Plant in groups of the same variety for a stunning show of colour
  • Feed with Osmo fertiliser, every second week
  • Deadhead (cut-off) spent flower blooms to prolong flowering

Where do I grow a Gazania Giant Orange?

You can plant your Gazania Giant Orange in a whole range of places, including patio planters, hanging baskets, window boxes and borders. They require very little care and are brilliant planted in graves, gravel beds or rockeries as they enjoy little care during the summer period.

It should be planted in a sunny position around your home, as the large orange blooms open in full sun from early morning right through to late evening.