Shasta Daisy in the Flower Garden
These classic flowers are a mainstay in the flower garden. Learn how to grow Shasta Daisy in your own yard.
I’m headed to Ohio to visit a friend next week, and this Florida girl is already looking forward to seeing the colorful flower gardens that fill the Midwest every summer. Perennials like coneflower, black-eyed susan, hosta, and tiger lilies are at their best in mid-summer, and Shasta Daisy adds a lovely cool splash of white to these colorful beds. If you’re not already growing these beautiful daisies, here’s what you need to know.
Shasta Daisy doesn’t exist in the wild; it’s a hybrid of four other daisies from around the world created in the 1890s by Luther Burbank. Burbank was an American horticulturalist and agricultural pioneer who worked mainly in California. He introduced Leucanthum x Superbum to the world in 1901 after 17 years of development, naming it Shasta Daisy in honor of Mt. Shasta in the Cascade Mountains. His goal in hybridizing this variety was to create a daisy that resembled the wild ox-eye daisy he’d grown up loving in Massachussetts, with the added benefits of large flowers, sturdy stems, prolonged blooming season, and staying power when cut.
Shasta Daisy offers all this and more. It’s a perennial, blooming the first year from seed. The tall stems are sturdy enough to grow 3 – 4 feet tall without needing staking, and their clumping behavior means they’ll spread to fill your flower garden beds over time. They make beautiful bouquets, alone or mixed with other summer-blooming perennials, and their bloom season lasts from mid-June to early fall in many areas. No wonder this is one of the most beloved and commonly-planted of flowers.
Grow Shasta Daisy in zones 5 – 8 in full sun or part shade (especially in warmer climates). Well-drained, fertile soil is best, so add organic material like compost around the plants each spring to enrich the soil. They tolerate dry spells well, but a little extra water in especially hot, dry weather may be needed. In the fall when blooms are done, cut Shasta Daisy foliage back to just above the soil. It will return in the spring to bloom anew!
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