African daises like ‘Soprano’ are better for pressing than very full daises. Layer the flowers between sheets of blotting paper and flatten them under books or bricks for a week or two, or dry them in a box filled with desiccant. Use your pressed daises in crafts or frames; dried daises that retain their shape are pretty in floral arrangements or wreaths.
A distressed green bedside table supports a vase of fresh-cut daisies in this cottage-style bedroom. Soft white linens top the white iron bed next to the table, completing the bright, charming look of the space.
Chrysanthemums contain chemical compounds that act as natural insecticides, which are processed and sold as pyrethrum. It’s a go-to natural pesticide for dealing with fleas, ants, ticks, silverfish and bedbugs. Certain types of mums do a better job at repelling insects than others. The ones used commercially for extracting pyrethrums include painted daisy (Chrysanthemum coccineum) and Dalmatian daisy (Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium). Use these perennial mums in the garden to add daisy-like flowers to planting designs.
Multicolored honeycomb-patterned wallpaper and green-and-white striped bedding give a geometric feel to this cheerful bedroom space. A collection of rainbow-hued accent pillows merrily adds to the mix.
Red, white and pink aren't just reserved for Valentine's Day dinners. To create this romantic centerpiece, arrange pink roses and white daisies, and surround them with homegrown creeping Jenny in a rustic urn. For a touch of intimacy and elegance, add silver candlesticks on either side of the arrangement. Design by Susan Herin of Between Naps on the Porch