Gazania plants come in a range of colors, making them a great choice for the home garden. There are several types of gazania plants to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics.
Gazania rigens is the gazania that most people are familiar with and has an upright growth habit. This type of gazania blooms early in the season. Plant it near your front door or mailbox so you can enjoy its bright colors as you wait for the morning paper to arrive.
Gazania rigens ‘Sun Gold’ is a popular variety widely available at local garden centers, hardware stores, and home improvement warehouses. It’s sold as a container plant or hanging basket variety thanks to its cascading flower stems that hang down over the side of clay pots or wicker baskets. ‘Sun Gold’ tolerates poor soil conditions and needs very little water once established.
Gazania brachystachya is a groundcover type of gazania that spreads quickly, making it a good choice for areas where you want to quickly fill in bare spots. It has yellow flowers with a maroon band around the edge of each petal.
Gazania flaccida is a mat-forming gazania that grows low to the ground. This type of gazania is drought tolerant and doesn’t need much water once it’s established. It has white flowers with yellow centers.
Gazania krebsiana is a trailing type of gazania that’s perfect for hanging baskets or containers. It has purple flowers with a white band around the edge of each petal.
Gazania leucadendron is a shrubby type of gazania that grows up to 2 feet tall. It has yellow flowers with a red center.
Gazania linearis, also known as windmill daisy, is an annual plant that grows quickly and easily from seed. It has bright orange flowers with black centers that are sure to grab attention in your garden.
Gazania splendens is another type of upright gazania that blooms later in the season than Gazania rigens. It has bright yellow flowers with red centers.
Gazania ‘First Gold’
Gazania ‘First Gold’ is another popular variety of gazania, and is great for containers or hanging baskets thanks to its cascading flower stems that hang down over the side of clay pots or wicker baskets. It’s also drought tolerant once established in your garden. The bright golden-yellow flowers are perfectly round and have dark maroon centers. The foliage varies, depending on the growing conditions it encounters, but will turn a nice coppery-red color in fall before dying back for winter.
Gazania ‘Crazy Daisy’
Gazania ‘Crazy Daisy’ blooms nearly all year long in my California garden, thanks to the mild climate. This type of gazania has a more mounded growth habit and produces flowers in shades of pink, red, orange, and yellow.
Gazania ‘Tiger Stripes’
Gazania ‘Tiger Stripes’ is a new variety of gazania that was introduced in 2016. It has bright orange flowers with black stripes on each petal, making it stand out in any garden.
So, whether you’re looking for an upright gazania to add some early color to your garden, a groundcover gazania to quickly fill in bare spots, or a trailing gazania to hang from a container or basket, there’s sure to be a type of gazania that’s perfect for your home garden.