Favorite English Garden Bee Plants – Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens)

The marguerite has a very long flowering season, from late spring to late autumn,which provides nectar for the bees all summer long.  It has long stems, which make the flowers good for cutting. It is also great for container gardening.

Remember to deadhead the spent blooms…I use my garden scissors and snip off the entire stem. New buds appear very quickly. Compact in growth and well branched stems, this annual plant is one of the earliest flowering daisies. Attracting bees, butterflies and birds, it does not attract those pesky deer!

I found these beauties at WalMart. They also come in white and a darker pink.  I’m going back for more!

20 thoughts on “Favorite English Garden Bee Plants – Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens)

  1. PJ Girl says:

    Thanks for all the good plant ideas… I love daisies and I’m so pleased that the bees do too!

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  3. I love marguerites! There’s been a lot in the UK press lately about how private pesticide use in English gardens is now linked to declining bee health. When gardens look as bountiful and natural as yours, why do people feel the need to improve on nature, I wonder? Your bees will have a lovely feast this summer!

    • That is so sad, because there is no garden pest that can’t be controlled by organic means.
      I love marguerites too, and now they come in so many fantastic colours.
      I hope you and your bees are doing well!

      • Sorry for the late reply – so busy lately! I agree, for gardens there are lots of natural ways to control pests. Neal’s Yard ‘Bee Lovely’ booklet gives a great tip for enriching the soil by growing red clover in rotations, plus bees love it!

        Emily and me have been having some adventures with our bees but as usual our girls are one step ahead of us! :)

      • I’ve missed your posts lately, but I’ve been following your adventures via Emily. So sorry about Queen Rosemary. :-(
        That is a good tip about the red clover. Thanks!

      • Yes, we have had some adventures lately with our bees and it was sad to lose Rosemary. Emily and me were lucky Andy was there to do the deed as we were both feeling a bit wobbly about that! But there was some surprise news yesterday when the bee inspector came across a new queen in our hive… Rosemary’s baby! So there will be a few posts to come! :)

      • So glad to hear of the baby Queen!
        It reminds me of the old horror movie, Rosemary’s Baby. Let’s hope she’s not diabolical. :-)

      • He he! That’s what I was thinking. Perhaps inspiration for her naming ceremony, if only I could think of a diabolical essential oil… :)

      • Myrhh?? “Its bitter perfume
        Breathes of life of gathering gloom”.
        That’s kind of diabolical… :-)

      • That’s brilliant, Deborah! It has made me think of a post I wrote about myrrh when trying to persuade Emily it is a useful oil (she dislikes its smell) called ‘Myrrh the Merciless’, although after I made her a myrrh and peppermint foot balm she might not mind so much! :)

      • I love “Myrhh the Merciless!” :-)

  4. mossandivy says:

    I’m in love with the color, gonna have to get to the nursery and check these out. I never knew they had such a long blooming season either.
    Thanks.

    • They can be hard to find at the nursery, especially in this color. This is the first time I’ve found them.
      Are you in the UK? I’ve seen them for sale online there, but they don’t ship to the US.

      • mossandivy says:

        Thanks, No, I’m over by Seattle. Hopefully I can find them here, the nursery are pretty good.

      • No wonder your garden is so beautiful! I am here in southern Ohio, trying to grow an English garden when it’s broiling hot and humid in the summer! Undaunted, I plant foxglove and delphinium every year. To me, they’re annuals.

        I found these at Walmart. You should be able to find them easily.

      • mossandivy says:

        Thanks so much! I’m afraid I’m just like your Delphs and Foxgloves, too much English blood in me. I wilt when it gets hot or humid and I’m quite useless. Everyone here complains about the weather, not me!
        . I will try the Walmart here. Thanks for the tip.

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