With so much to admire in the summer garden, it is easy to overlook the miraculous commoner growing underfoot – Bellis perennis, known more commonly to most of us as the humble daisy.

The daisy is just one member of an extensive family of flowering plants known as the Asteraceae, a name denoting star-like flowers and the largest of all the flowering plant families. The daisy flowers year-round when temperatures are above freezing, and a footpath through a meadow will always be visible by the daisy trail – thanks to this little plant’s ability not only to survive footfall, mowing and grazing but ...


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