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Shasta Daisies - Leucanthemum

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I’ve always loved the natural look of Daisies, particularly Leucanthemum, commonly known as Shasta Daisies. I haven’t really had much opportunity to grow them before because of the character of my previous gardens. But the wild country setting of this garden is a perfect opportunity to enjoy these strong, bold lovelies.

This is L. x superbum ‘Algaia’ growing amongst Ammi Majus. A great partnership as the annual ammi has the ‘wild’ look of Cow Parsley that compliments the tall daisies. They also grow to a similar height.

Here she is in close-up. A very double frilly variety.

They aren’t all white. L superbum ‘Broadway Lights’ is a pale lemony yellow. It is shorter growing than Algaia..about 2-2 1/2 feet high.

This one is L x superbum ‘Snowdrift’. As you can see, the bees enjoy them too. This one doesn’t seem to grow as strongly as the others and has the simplest flower.

And this one is the crazily shaggy L. s. ‘Phyllis Smith’. A very funky flower with an inappropriate name I feel! She would be better with a name like ‘Toyah Wilcox’ but she’s stuck with Phyllis Smith now…..But then Phyllis may be a funky woman for all I know. Or she might be very tall, which would be appropriate as this plant is about 4’ high.

Here you can see her growing in situ. beside Sambucus ‘Madonna’ with Lonicera behind.

And here are the other two …‘Algaia’ nearer the camera, and ‘Snowdrift’ to the left of it.

Shasta daisies are fabulous in vases too, so I might find a gap for another variety. There’s only one bad thing about them really…I have to wait until late July for the flowers. But they are definitely worth the wait. :)

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Yes they look good together, very natural, Karen. I love Ammi Majus.
Do you find the Leucanthemum self seed? I notice they(the single variety not doubles like these) are self seeding all over the lawn of my old garden(which still hasn't been mowed by the new owners since about April/May)
If, Phyllis is funky, then, Funky Phyleis would've been more appropriate, perhaps!!!

2 Aug, 2015

 

My late mother-in-law used to grow Shasta Daisies and they always used to look fantastic about this time of year. I'd no idea there were so many varieties.

2 Aug, 2015

 

Lol Paul! funky Phyllis it is! No, I havent had any self-seeding. But I do dead-head quite a lot.

Waddy, I am about to look for some more!

2 Aug, 2015

 

I adore all Daisy type flowers,Karen,and you have a lovely selection..I only have the really common one,but we used to call them Marguerites? whether this is the correct name,I don't know,but they are lovely just now,amongst the Crocosmia'Lucifer',and Yellow Achillea..This one has a horrible smell when cut for indoors..just like cat wee,so OH says,so they are banned ..can't say I disagree either ..phew,stinky !and to think I once gave my neighbour a bunch..no wonder she declined my offer of another bunch ! Lol..x

2 Aug, 2015

 

I have been looking for L. Superbum Wirral Supreme. I have tried the local garden centre but I think I will have to buy online. They are so wonderful this time of year. I have lots of the common Leucanthemums in big clumps which I adore.

2 Aug, 2015

 

Daisy heaven. love them all, but that cream one is beautiful. Bet it wouldn't stay short down in my garden though. lol.

2 Aug, 2015

 

Love the pure whiteness......just about to open here......you are there, for once, before us southerners,K.!

2 Aug, 2015

 

Incredible Julia! Im amazed!

2 Aug, 2015

 

I love them too. Mchalemas daisies are great too for later.

2 Aug, 2015

 

For those with small gardens (or full ones!), there's a variety called 'Little Miss Muffet' that's only a few inches tall.

2 Aug, 2015

 

We grow four different Shasta, my favourite at the moment is Victorian Secret and Broadway Lights, they look great with our grasses..
I like the look of Snowdrift, recently learned they are short lived, so divide every few years...

2 Aug, 2015

 

Lovely! Phyllis Smith, (funky or not!) is very appealing.

3 Aug, 2015

 

linda...Crocus should have that one in stock soon. Its lovely. Very chrysanthemum like!

Angela, Victorian Secret looks lovely. A really creamy flower! That would fit in beautifully in the fernery here. Thanks. And also for the hint re. Division.

Andrew, thanks for Little Miss Muffet too. Its great when people add to my blogs. Thanks everyone!

Thanks Dawn and Melchi!

3 Aug, 2015

 

Your welcome... ;-)

3 Aug, 2015

 

I have just bought Leucanthemum Goldfinch.....thats a beauty as well.Will certainly look out for Phyliss Smith Karen!Like the shaggy looking ones.

5 Aug, 2015

 

I am hijacking your blog, Karen!

Have you ever had any problems accessing your messages page? I am currently locked out of all messages. I was sending a pm when I received an error message and since then that is all I get when I try to go to messages. I have reported this, and have had a puzzled response: apparently no-one else has reported this malfunction. I trust (and hope!) that all will eventually be fixed.

5 Aug, 2015

 

No Melchi, I've never heard of that before either. Hope that gets sorted soon for you. Off to check mine now.

5 Aug, 2015

 

All ok. Will now try to send you a message...

5 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks, Karen. I can see from my news page that I've received another pm, but I can't access it - just the error message. They are looking into it for me. It could be a lot worse, I don't get many messages. It's a bit frustrating...

6 Aug, 2015

 

Bother! Never mind....im sure they will sort it soon. :)

6 Aug, 2015

 

Not to worry - I have never had a problem before, so I can't complain!

6 Aug, 2015

 

I love daisies too.

The lemon ones are a very pretty shade. Glad you can have them at last!

7 Aug, 2015

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