Summer Daisies!

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Summer Daisies!

White daisy type flowers are a popular choice for the garden by many us. I’m enjoying seeing my little mat forming Fleabane, otherwise known as Erigeron karvinskianus with masses of little white daisy flowers and yellow centres softening the edges of the path that splits my main flower bed into two. I have a few planted along there and they’ve been flowering for more than a couple of months already. The pretty little white daisies fade to pink as they mature giving the plants more interest. None of them went dormant as they should have during the winter, instead they flowered right up to November and still had flower buds through the winter until they flowered again early spring this year.

Shasta daisies look great in borders too and are really impressive when planted in groups. They’re clump forming and grow in most well-drained soils in full sun, some in part shade too. They’re easy plants to grow and care for and can make good cut flowers too! To keep them flowering longer in the garden its best to keep dead-heading.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snow Lady’ is a lovely compact dwarf cultivar with large single daisy flowers and grows to about ten inches in height making it ideal for the front of the flower bed.

Another pretty one is L. ‘Victorian Secret’, its compact and grows up to about two feet, produces large white semi-double flowers with a yellow centre.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Highland White Dream’ is a relatively new variety with semi-double flowers. It grows to about three feet, making it a good companion to other tall perennials like the bright colours of heleniums and asters.

If you prefer your shasta daisies with some colour how about the fairly recent introduction Leucanthemum ‘Broadway Lights’ with its creamy yellow flowers that fade to white as they mature. It grows up to about twenty inches tall, great for the middle¬† of a border and for cutting.