Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Double Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum 'Summer Snowball')
Double Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Summer Snowball'
I have seen some interesting variations of the Shasta Daisy. This one is one of the strangest, but not in a bad way. I really had no idea what it was from a distance. The flower is a little smaller than a tennis ball and really has the appearance of a garden mum or even a dahlia. Daisies are fun. I used to think them as a bit pedestrian but they are far from that. I am using Shasta Daisy in the garden I am installing this week. When I drove in the driveway to look at the job the first thing I thought of was daises. I usually go with that kind of hunch. I ended up getting ‘Becky’ which was selected as Perennial of the Year in 2003 by The Perennial Plant Association. It is a little taller than I would have liked but there was one blooming in the nursery block and the flower looked quite large. The plants are three-gallon containers that look like they could be divided before planting. The plants looked healthy and ready for next year, which is why I got them. I haven’t grown ‘Summer Snowball’ but would give it a try. If they hadn’t been so expensive I would have got a couple on Sunday. The pure white double flowers are worth having if only for the novelty of it.
(Synonym: Chrysanthemum x superbum, Chrysanthemum maximum)