Shasta Daisy: A beautiful plant for the garden

Shasta Daisies: (Leucanthemum x superbum)

Shasta Daisies are a treasured flower because they always provide a showy display of color from early summer until mid-fall. They are a necessity for any garden due to their grandiose appearance. When they decide to bloom, their long sturdy stems sprout high above a mound of large green leaves that are snuggled close to the ground. Before you can appreciate what is happening, a magnificent white flower with a two to three inch vibrant yellow center, stretches for the sun. Just imagine what that would look like if planted in the masses. Absolutely gorgeous!

These beauties are wonderful to use in cut flower arrangements, or simply by themselves because of their form. In order to be sure you can replenish your vases throughout the season, you should deadhead the spent Shasta Daisies in the garden to promote ample flowers. When you do, you will be utterly surprised as to how many new suitors will arrive, yearning to charm you with their presence.

Note: If cutting, select the flowers that are partially opened and carefully remove the lower portion of the leaves. Run the stem under water while cutting and then place in a vase with cool water.

Where to plant

Shasta Daisies prefer full sun; however, if planted in the hot South, they favor partial shade. Provide them with moist, hummus-rich soil that is well drained. They absolutely do not desire extremely wet soil; further, soil that is too wet will produce stem rot.

For the greatest presence in the garden, plant in masses. The color will cascade throughout the garden; creating a surplus of snowy white and yellow; which is simply stunning! Likewise, Shasta Daisies are quite impressive when used as borders, and look exceptionally beautiful when strewn about a cottage garden. Additionally, try growing some in pots for an added burst of color on the porch.

For a lovely combination, pair Shasta Daisies with Salvia, Yarrow, Bell Flowers and Bee Balm, just to name a few. Basically, you just can’t go wrong with Shasta Daisies, no matter where you decide they should live.

In order to encourage new growth, you should cut back after the first bloom and deadhead throughout the season. Since they self-sow, the leaves overwinter, and they require little to no maintenance; each spring you will be greeted with a new collection of sensational flowers.

If you find that you have a space to fill within the garden, you can always create an abundance of new spaces by dividing your existing plants. Divide every two to three years in the spring, late summer or early fall. Furthermore, dividing your existing plants will help maintain their health. In order to reduce the chance for pests, separate the outer layer of plants surrounding the parent plant, and discard the center plant. Otherwise, you may run the risk of transplanting diseased plants.

Problems - Pest - Signs of Sickness

Shasta Daisies are prone to aphids, nematodes, stem rot, slugs, snails and verticillium wilt; however, pest control is rarely needed if they are planted in suitable conditions. If you do find you have some troublesome pests, please try to stay away from the pesticides and opt for a more ecofriendly approach.

  • Leaves are dropping - too much/little water or poorly drained soil – check the soil to see which it is.
  • Leaves are chewed or holes are present - Snails or Slugs are eating them
  • Stems are droopy or gangly – too much shade – they desire at minimum 6 hours of sun
  • Leaves have a white powder on them – Fungal disease is present
  • Curled leaves – Aphids are present

Notes

  • Deer Resistant
  • Perennial
  • Zones 4 – 8
  • Well drained, hummus rich soil
  • Perfect cut flower
  • Bloom all season if deadheaded
  • Pest control is needed
  • Blooms early summer to early fall
  • 1 to 3 feet tall and 18” wide

Charming Plants

Shasta Daisies are just simply charming. They are sure to grace you with their beauty each spring for enjoying outdoors in the garden or filling your vases. When cut and brought inside, their white and yellow color adds a ray of sunshine to any dismal day or room, for that matter. So, why not grow a bunch and enjoy their beauty. They won’t let you down.

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