Carpets of paper daisies are one of Western Australia’s real eye-candy flowers. If you’re in Sydney, you can also enjoy a spectacular display, at The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan every September, when thousands of pink and white daisies bloom together for one big WOW.
Designed by Landscape Planning Officer Geoff Duggan, the paper daisies – Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea ‘Rosy Everlasting’, Rhodanthe manglesii ‘Mangles Everlasting’ or ‘Silver Bells’ and Schoenia filifolia subsp. subulifolia ‘Showy Everlasting’ spread out before the Connections Garden, and are instantly visible as you arrive at the Gardens.
Preparing the display takes months of careful planning and protection work, as the local ducks find the young seedlings quite irresistible. Correct soil preparation is vital followed by the delicate task of seed planting.
Then from late June to mid-August, specially-designed netting tunnels cover the plants to exclude the voracious ducks, and hand-weeding requires a real balancing act. But what a result!
The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is open every day from 8am to 5pm during spring with free entry.
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And you can learn how to make this paper daisy eye-candy in your own garden at The Australian Garden Mount Annan website