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Shasta daisies offer so much fun to the perennial garden from games of love prediction and daisy chains to great cut flowers and summer blooms.
They have been a popular mainstay in perennial gardens for decades, and blend well with many gardening styles. These undemanding plants offer cheerful flowers from June to September.
The flowers are usually white and come in single, semi-double and frilly double forms. There are some newer cultivars with yellow flowers. In the garden try combining with Achillea, Liatris, Echinacea, Nepeta, Alliums and ornamental grasses.
Some varieties you can find at Portland Nursery include:
Alaska - Classic, single white daisies with a yellow center. Grows 2-3’ tall and 2’ wide. Hardy in zones 4-9
Becky - Single, white daisies with a yellow center. Self-supporting growing 3’ tall and wide. Zones 4-9.
Broadway Lights - A newer variety with butter yellow single daisies with a yellow center. As the flowers age they fade to white. Grows 18-24” tall and 20-24” wide. Zones 5-9.
Darling Daisy - A dwarf variety with loads of 2-3” single white daisies. Grows 6-8” tall and 6-10” wide Zones 8-11.
Ice Star - A fully double, white Shasta daisy growing 24” tall and 18-24” wide. Zones 4-9
Paladin - A Terra Nova introduction with multiple layers of white petals surrounding a yellow center, and no unpleasant scent! Grows 16” tall 15” wide. Zones 5-8.
Snowcap - Single, white daisies on compact 12-14” tall plants. Zones 4-9.
Ox-eye Daisy - This is the wild daisy found through out the united States.
It is from Europe and northern Asia and is listed as a weed in some states (not in Oregon). It grows 40” tall and 24” wide with 1-3” single, white daisies.
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Common Name: Shasta daisy, Ox-Eye daisy
Origin: Widely distributed in Europe and Northern Asia. There are 33 species in the genus.
Culture: Rich, moist, well-drained soil. Full to part sun (at least five hours of direct sun). Double varieties appreciate shade from the intense sun.
Maintenance: Low-maintenance and easy to grow. Shasta daisies should be divided every two to three years to avoid overcrowding of the crowns.
Dead head the first flush of flowers to encourage a second bloom. Tall varieties can be pinched back in April to avoid the need to stake plants later in the season.
Fertilize in spring with an all-purpose granular. Cut plans down to the green basal growth in fall when flowers have faded.
Pest and Disease: Leucanthemum have few pest problems. However, the ever persistent aphids, slugs and earwigs may occur.