Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum

Family: Shasta Daisy

Type: Perennial

Shasta Daisy, scientifically known as Leucanthemum x superbum, is a perennial favorite in many gardens. It’s known for its bright, cheerful daisy-like flowers and lush green foliage.

This classic garden flower brings a timeless charm and simplicity. Its white petals surrounding a yellow center make it instantly recognizable and beloved by many.

Thriving in full sun, Shasta Daisy is hardy in zones 5-9. It prefers well-draining soil and is fairly drought-tolerant once established, making it a versatile plant for various garden conditions.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4a-5a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade

Growth

Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 3

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 5

Form: Upright spreading

Ornamental

Flower Color: White

Flower Eye Color: Yellow

Flower Shape: Daisy

Bloom Season: From early summer to mid fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Narrow

Landscaping Your Yard With Shasta Daisy

Incorporating Shasta Daisy into your landscape offers a burst of summer color and a touch of classic beauty. Its bright flowers and robust growth make it an excellent choice for a variety of garden styles.

This flower is ideal for borders, cottage gardens, and pollinator gardens. It’s particularly effective when mass-planted, creating a sea of white and yellow.

Despite its delicate appearance, Shasta Daisy is a hardy and low-maintenance plant. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners looking for a long-blooming perennial with minimal care requirements.

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Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Shasta Daisy fits right in with its informal charm and ability to blend with a variety of plants.

Pollinator Garden

For pollinator gardens, this daisy is a magnet for bees and butterflies, providing nectar throughout the summer.

Coastal Garden

In coastal gardens, Shasta Daisy's tolerance for salty air and its ability to thrive in sandy soil make it a suitable choice.

Shasta Daisy Landscaping Ideas

Plant it along walkways or borders for a welcoming display. Its cheerful blooms line paths with beauty and brightness.

Use it as a cut flower in your garden. Shasta Daisy makes excellent bouquets, bringing garden beauty indoors.

Combine it with other perennials and annuals. It pairs well with plants like lavender, coneflowers, and salvia, offering a variety of colors and textures.

Seasonal Interest

Spring

In spring, Shasta Daisy starts to grow its lush foliage, preparing for the blooming season.

Summer

During summer, it blooms profusely, showcasing its classic daisy flowers that brighten any garden.

Fall

In the fall, Shasta Daisy's blooms may continue until the first frost, adding prolonged interest to the garden.

Winter

In winter, Shasta Daisy dies back. This period of dormancy prepares it for another season of growth and blooming.

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Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Shasta Daisy flourishes in areas with full sun, ideal for open, sunny borders, cottage gardens, or any spot that receives ample daylight.

Light

This perennial requires full sun to bloom profusely. At least six hours of direct sunlight each day is optimal for vibrant flowers and healthy growth.

Soil

Shasta Daisy prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to various soil types, though it thrives in slightly acidic to neutral pH.

Spacing

Space Shasta Daisy plants about 12 to 18 inches apart. This spacing allows for mature growth, good air circulation, and ample sunlight for each plant.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Shasta Daisy is in the spring or early fall, allowing the roots to establish before extreme weather.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure it’s at the same depth as in the container.

Plant Care Tips

Watering

Water regularly, especially during dry spells. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged to prevent root rot.

Fertilizing

Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote lush foliage and abundant blooms.

Pruning

Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers. Cut back foliage in late fall or early winter after the plant dies back.

By Season

 

Spring Care

In spring, clear away any dead foliage, apply mulch to retain moisture, and start regular watering as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Continue watering and deadheading throughout the summer to maintain vibrant blooms and healthy foliage.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. After the first frost, you can cut the plant back to the ground.

Winter Care

Shasta Daisy is dormant in winter. Apply a layer of mulch for protection, especially in colder climates.

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FAQ

How Long Do Shasta Daisy Blooms Last?

Shasta Daisy typically blooms from early summer to early fall, with proper care extending its blooming period.

Is Shasta Daisy Deer Resistant?

Shasta Daisy is somewhat deer-resistant, though no plant is completely deer-proof. Its foliage is less appealing to deer compared to other garden plants.

Can Shasta Daisy Be Divided?

Yes, Shasta Daisy can be divided every few years in early spring or fall to maintain vigor and control its spread.

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