Leucanthemum (Daisy)

Clean, high contrasting blooms

Leucanthemums, or Shasta daisies, have been a perennial favorite for generations — but look at all the new versions we have now! Yes, you can still plant the traditional taller varieties that bear flowers with yellow centers and white petals. But check out our newest Shasta daisies! Now these favorites come in all sizes, and some have yellow flowers. Not only are there variations of size and color, but also the flower head can be much more like a mum than before.

Shasta daisies still have the dark green foliage that gives the flowers a great contrast and makes the Shasta daisy flowers pop against the foliage. Hardy in Zones 5-9, these perennials need fertile soil for the best plants. Amend your soil with compost and use fertilizer to keep those flowers coming all season long. Your daisies will start blooming in the early summer and will continue providing lots of flowers into fall. That’s great because not only are Shasta daisies beautiful in the garden, but they make great cut flowers. These flowers have nice sturdy stems for the vase in your home. The more you cut, the more flowers this plant will produce. They also can be used in dried flower arrangements.

Plant your Shasta daisies in full sun. Depending on the height of the Shasta daisy you choose, these plants are great in the perennial garden at the front of the border for shorter dwarf varieties or the back for the taller varieties. The shorter varieties look fabulous in container gardens as well. A bonus benefit of planting Shasta daisies in your garden is they are deer resistant and other four-legged foragers aren’t very interested in them either.