Daisies are classic flowers in our culture and vocabulary. The white petals and yellow center of Shasta daisies inspired the typical daisy image. They have been cultivated in gardens for at least a century.
Leucanthemum vulgare, or Oxeye daisy, moved here from Europe and Asia and has rooted itself along road sides and fields through out the continental U.S. In the early 1900s Luther Burbank hybridized Leucanthemum maximum and Leucanthemum lancustre to create the classic Leucanthemum x superbum, or Shasta daisy (named after Mt. Shasta).
Different varieties bloom at different times of the year. Early varieties generally bloom May through June. Where as mid and late varieties start in June and bloom into July or August. Many kinds can re-bloom in fall.
Over the years hybridizers have developed a varieties that grow to different heights, have different flower configurations, yellow petals, or reduced odor (this is a good thing). These flowers are perfect for bouquets, flower crowns, billowing cottage gardens, and perennial boarders and attract many pollinators. They pair wonderfully with Foxglove, Delphinium, Daylilies, Nepeta and ornamental grasses.
Some varieties you can find at Portland Nursery include:
A long-blooming semi-double variety with thin, spidery’ petals and yellow button center. It grows 18-24” tall and 24” wide.
Classic, single white daisies with a yellow center. Grows 2-3’ tall and 2’ wide. Hardy in zones 4-9
Large single flowers on sturdy stems bloom later than other varieties. Sturdy stems reach 3-4’ tall and generally don’t require staking. Zones 4-9.
Stunning 4” semi-double, butter yellow flowers fade to cream.
Long lasting cut variety.
Densely branched plants reach 15-18” tall and 24” wide.
A newer compact, floriferous variety with single flowers. It grows 20-24” tall and wide.
A dwarf variety with loads of 2-3” single white daisies. Grows 6-8” tall and 6-10” wide Zones 8-11.
Double white flowers with pale yellow center mid to late bloom season. Grows 18-30”tall 24” wide.
A fully double, white Shasta daisy growing 24” tall and 18-24” wide. Zones 4-9
A dwarf variety with classic single flowers. Grows 10-14” tall and wide. Blooms May through June and repeats in fall. Zones 4-9.
We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.