Gerbera daisies are a wonderful choice for adding whimsy and fun to a shower or birthday party. These sweet, festive stems come in every color imaginable from primary to pastel and cost very little compared with many other flowers. They are also almost always in season and a favorite with many local growers. Talk about a great look for a great price! And, if you can only afford a few of the flowers you love, why not choose to fill things in a bit with lush greens, baby's breath or carnations in the same color? You'll achieve the look you want at a fraction of the cost.
My parents house was a traditional home that had the typical Japanese garden in the back with various different trees, plants and many seasonal flowers. I grew up playing around our Japanese black pine, Japanese plum, loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) and pomegranate trees, all the while enjoying the azaleas, camellias and many other flowers that my father nurtured with so much love and dedication. I also remember that we had flowers that were originally introduced in Japan from foreign countries, such as Amaryllis (Belladonna Lily), roses, daisies, and dahlias. So while our garden was very Japanese in style, I can now see how it was more like a display of universal nature.