Daisies come in many shapes and sizes, from the elegantly-petalled Gazania, commonly known as the African Daisy or Treasure Flower, to the big-headed Gerbera Daisy and the tightly-fringed Bellis, or English Daisy. But no daisy is more highly prized than Leucanthemum, the Shasta Daisy.
Caring for Daisies
When they think of daisies, most people picture Shasta Daisies. With bright white, fringed petals ringing a flat yellow center, long-stemmed Shastas epitomize the classic daisy. Favored for summer floral bouquets and weddings, the Shasta’s frilly petals add a flash of brilliant white to garden beds. This hardy perennial, which is best planted in drifting masses, requires plenty of mid-day sunshine (6 hours) and prefer fertile, well-drained, moist (but not soggy) soil. Daily watering during hot, dry spells will ensure that these daisies thrive.
Their brilliant white color allows Shasta Daisies to be paired effectively with nearly any plant. These flowers provide stunning contrast against a hedge of evergreens and create a stunning display when planted with Purple Echinacea (Coneflower) and Indigo Spires Salvia. The Shasta Daisy’s versatility as a garden plant is due not only to its neutral white color, but also to the wide range of sizes available among the plant’s many varieties. A recent Perennial Plant of the Year, Becky soars to 30 inches while slightly shorter varieties Snowdrift and Aglaia grow to a more moderate 24 inches. Dwarf varieties, such as Snowcap and Snow Lady, are just 12 to 18 inches tall. You can help manage the height of Shasta Daisies by pinching back the growing tip to the desired height. This will cause the plant to bush out rather than grow taller.
For helpful hints on trimming daisies and other perennials, visit our Pruning Guide here.