Originating from Africa, Osteospermum Lady Leitrim (African Daisy) thrives on neglect. They are drought tolerant, easy to grow and low maintenance. They prefer well-drained soil in full sun, though they will happily cope with part shade. Cut back plants in early Spring or after flowering in autumn and then deadhead spent flowers throughout Summer to encourage more blooms. Regular feeding throughout the flowering period is highly recommended in order to be rewarded with more flowers over a longer period. Osteospermum ground cover plants prefer drier, poorer quality soil and as much sunlight as they can get, ideally in a sheltered position.
As a rough guide when planting Osteospermum as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Osteospermum Lady Leitrim
Position: Sun or partial shade in a sheltered site
Foliage: Semi-evergreen Perennial
Soil and site: Poor/dry but well drained. As they dislike cold, heavy soil, improve your soil before planting by adding plenty of grit to help drainage
Flowering time: June to October
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height 25cm, spread to 60cm – Clump forming, so width will grow over time.
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Water well but gently until established but avoid soil becoming waterlogged. Feed regularly during the flowering period and cut back spent blooms to encourage more flowers