Friday, September 25, 2009

Dwarf Shasta Daisy

Dwarf Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snowcap'
(lew-KANTH-ih-mum) (soo-PER-bum)
Synonym: Chrysanthemum x superbum

This is a dwarf Shasta Daisy. It only got about 12 inches tall with the flowers. We planted about fifteen of them in three different gardens under a variety of conditions and it performed pretty well. It is cute as a button when blooming but it didn’t produce a lot of repeat blooms even though it was deadheaded at the proper time. Three of the plants got what looked like a fungus and were cut down completely. When the foliage reemerged it was fine. I can’t really recommend a perennial until it returns a few years but this one certainly has promise if it can make it through the winter especially for Shasta Daisy lovers you don’t like to stake or pinch their plants.

This next flower is one of my favorites and there was already a post on it this year.

Gloriosa Daisy
Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors'

The color combination is dramatic and each flower seems a little different. It also seems that the plants vary pretty wildly as to how much orange, yellow and red they have. It bloomed its heart out this year. Every time I looked at it seemed to have layers in both color and dimensions. It has faded and gotten a little beat up now but it was worth having it. Right now I am toying with the idea of cutting it back completely.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Really love the Gloriosa Daisy! What great fall colors.
Shasta Daisies are an early summer bloom in my area. It is always fun to see how much later others have their blooms.

SquirrelQueen said...

Shasta daisies are on of my favorites, I have one in my front beds that blooms in the spring and again late summer.

The rudbeckia is beautiful, the colors are so bright and cheerful. Have you seen the Blanket Flowers? They are a similar color and require little care. They produce blooms from spring through late summer. Mine are still blooming.