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By Amy Grant
Marguerite daisy flowers make a nice addition to flower beds, borders or containers. Get tips on the care of marguerite daisies in the following article.
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Garden marguerites, also known as marguerite daisies, are cultivars of plants in the subtribe Glebionidinae of the family Asteraceae, the great majority being hybrids created in cultivation. One of the genera belonging to the subtribe, Argyranthemum, was introduced into cultivation from the Canary Islands in the 18th century, and modern cultivars are mostly sold and grown under the genus name Argyranthemum or the species name Argyranthemum frutescens, although many are actually intergeneric hybrids. The first such hybrids involved species now placed in the genus Glebionis, but other crosses within the subtribe are known. Breeding has aimed at introducing flower heads in varied colours and shapes while retaining the shrubby habit of Argyranthemum.  Garden marguerites are used as summer bedding or grown in containers. Most are only half-hardy. They can be trained into shapes such as pyramids or grown as standards.
Plant the daisies as a focal point around a birdbath or garden sculpture. Edge the bed with bright blue lobelia (Lobelia inflatato) to contrast with the white daisies.
Put the daisies at the back of a flower border in front of cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), which grow to 5 feet and produce daisy-shaped flowers in pink, purple and magenta. Play up the yellow centers of the daisies and cosmos with a border of yellow French marigolds (Tagetes patula) or dwarf zinnias (Zinnia elegans).
Hide the naked legs of roses (rosa) with a border of daisies. The round shape of the daisies complements the round shape of the roses in full bloom.
Create a cottage garden look with daisies, roses, hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), sweet peas (Lathryus odoratus) and larkspur (Delphinium consolida).
Though they originated in Europe and temperate regions of Asia, daisies eventually were introduced to Australia and North America. They're now found on every continent except for Antarctica. Their abundance is also partially due to their adaptive nature. Daisies can thrive in both wet and dry climates, and sunny or shady areas. They can grow high in the mountains or in flat, grassy fields. Basically, daisies are botanical chameleons. Daisies are related to sunflowers, so they grow in similar habitats to their larger yellow cousins.