Daisy, Shasta –
All time favorite of gardeners. Large double or single daisy on a single stem with a long bloom period. Glossy, lanced-shaped, toothed foliage. Great for cutting and suitable for dried flowers. Blooms in summer.
Snow white, tufted flowers with yellow centers that are 2 to 2.5 inches across. Compact and uniform habit with excellent fall rebloom.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
- Grow in full sun.
- Soil should be moderately fertile, not overly rich, moist but well-drained.
- Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Divide perennials in early spring or late summer.
- If you seed directly, expect bloom the following spring after one season’s growth.
- If purchasing a plant in a container, plant in spring.
- Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
- Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container.
- When placing plant in the hole, make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
- Fill around the root ball and firm the soil.
- Water thoroughly.
- Many of the taller plants need support/staking.
- Water during the summer only if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line.
- Every spring, apply some compost and mulch to help control weeds.
- Every 3 to 4 years, divide perennials again in early spring or late summer.
Bellflower – The blue or white blooms of peach-leaf bellflower provide a contrasting shape to Shasta daisy in midsummer.
Daylily – The strappy foliage and brilliant funnel-shape flowers in assorted hues of daylilies mix well with Shasta daisy in full sun.
Phlox – Garden phlox blooms over a similar period as Shasta daisy and brings contrast in flower shape and color to a flower border.
Veronica – The long, bright blue flower spikes of spiked speedwell provide a vertical dimension against the daisy flowers of Shasta daisy. They enjoy similar conditions.