When the going gets tough, plant a tough yet beautiful daisy. One of the best of these is Arctotis ‘Hayley’. It must have lots of sunshine and the soil must drain freely, but apart from that it’s one of the least fussy of garden plants, thriving in even the poorest and driest of soils. The large, bright, daisy flowers are cheerful and they continue for a very long time, so there are no worries over fleeting flowers in this case.
You can grow ‘Hayley’ on its own or be creative and mix it with distinctive plants for a bit of garden drama. It looks good with deep blue lavenders, deliciously fragrant Heliotropium ‘Baby Marine’, blue foliage succulents, copper coloured grasses such as Carex testacea, chocolate foliage succulents such as Aeonium ‘Schwartzkopf’, with Osteospermum ‘Buttermilk’, among Echium fastuosum, in front of native Coprosmas including the aptly named ‘Green and Gold’ and the intriguing green, bronze and chocolate leafed ‘Karo Red'.
For a bold landscaping look, in sunny coastal gardens, use broad swathes of Arctotis ‘Hailey’ beside paths and on banks, with colourful shrubs in the background such as Metrosideros ‘Tahiti’, Hymenosporum ‘Gold Nugget’ or Ceratostigma ‘Forest Blue. It’s also a stunner when grown in the foreground of brilliant alstroemerias such as ‘Inca Tropic’, ‘Inca Moonlight’ or ‘Inca Blaze’, or you can use it to surround a handsome container - imagine those gorgeous orange flowers creating a carpet around a big, deep blue, glazed pot.