Grow Leucanthemum & Shasta Daisies

Leucanthemum is one of the RHS perennial plants of the month. The variety I grow are shasta daisy flowers that are a mass of single white blooms with yellow centres appearing from June to September. They seed and spread prolifically and form robust clumps spreading up to 3′ and flowers are on 2-3′ stems that flop if not supported.

Sunlight and Shasta Daisy

Grow Leucanthemum Daisies

  • There are double and semi double varieties like Leucanthemum Superbum ‘Wirral Supreme’ or Aglaia.
  • The old fashioned Leucanthemum Superbum ‘Ester Read’ is popular for old cottage gardens with clumps of fluffy double white flowers growing 2′ or more.
  • Leucanthemum are useful as cut flowers.
  • Plants are floriferous and can be used in many garden situations.
  • Most varieities grow 12-24 inches high but Leucanthemum Superbum Phyllis Smith will reach 36 inches tall at the back of a herbaceous border.

Leucanthemum

Grow Ox-Eye Daisies

Ox-eye Daisy is a more common form of Leucanthemum vulgaris. This is often found in meadows and is useful in a wild garden or uncut lawn. The flowers are striking at night hence an alternative name of Moon Daisy as shown © Malcolm Storey, 2005, www.bioimages.org.uk.
Leucanthemum

Yellow Leucanthemum X Superbum

  • The whole Leucanthemum family are hardy and easy to grow and recommended for beginners.
  • Leucanthemum Superbum Broadway Lights flowers in pale yellow or lemon colour. Under Plant Breeders rights it is sold as Leumayel.
  • You could also try Sunshine (Sonnenschein) or Banana Cream
  • Pretty Pretty Daisies
    Photo credits
    Sunlight and Shasta Daisy by Pahz CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    Leucanthemum by wallygrom CC BY-SA 2.0
    Pretty Pretty Daisies by hollysuewho CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Other Varieties of Leucanthemum X superbum for UK Gardens

    Leucanthemum X superbum Broadway Lights™
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Sunny Side Up’
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Fiona Coghill’
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Snowcap’
    Leucanthemum X supurbum Silver Princess
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Snowdrift’
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Silver Spoons’
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Ice Star’
    Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Snow Lady’
    Leucanthemum X superbum Gold Rush

    Shasta Daisies
    Grow Shasta Daisies
    Soil type can vary from normal or clay to sandy soil.
    Shasta daisie will perform in sun or partial shade.
    The variety I grow are daisy like flowers that are a mass of single white blooms with yellow centres appearing from June to September. You can get other varieties.
    They seed and spread prolifically and form robust clumps spreading up to 3′ and flowers are on 2-3′ stems that flop if not supported.

    There are also double varieties like Leucanthemum Superbum ‘Wirral Supreme’ or the old fashioned Leucanthemum Superbum ‘Ester Read’. Ester Read reminds me of old cottage gardens with clumps of fluffy double white flowers growing 2′ or more and producing great cut flowers.

    shasta day 13 (morning light 2)
    Moon Daisy in Daylight

    Photo credit
    Shasta Daisies by dalylab CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    shasta day 13 (morning light 2) by remediate.this CC BY-NC 2.0


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