Well, Gerbera's are pretty much everyone's favorite. Although many people do not actually realise. what the flower is that they have in the bunch of flowers from the supermarket. Pretty cheap to buy as a potted plant too, £2 will buy a small plant that will give you many pretty flowers for a few months.
They also look good in a patio pot, Buy 4-5 plants and put them in a pot on the patio and you will have a lovely looking display for a good few months. Generally they are not hardy so you can at the end of the season remove them from the patio pot, either discard or re pot and store inside over winter.
There are available hardy Gerbera's but they are quite expensive at the moment and I am not convinced of how well they survive in the extreme cold. I has 3 in the garden last year and they all died in the cold and snow of 2012/13. However there are new versions available from Thompson & Morgan. I have not as yet bought any to see what they are like.
Propagation of them can be quite challenging, remember when growing seeds always follow the instructions, some require different condition to germinate.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.