Sunbathers Sunset Gazania
Gazania 'Sunbathers Sunset'
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania flowers
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Plant Height: 10 inches
Flower Height: 14 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Group/Class: Sunbathers Series
A wonderful heat and drought tolerant series ideal for use in patio containers and hanging baskets; large semi-double copper-orange blooms sit atop dark green oval foliage; deadhead to encourage new growth throughout the season
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania features bold coppery-bronze daisy flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Sunbathers Sunset Gazania is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.