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Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum superbum

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Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy

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The Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) is a standout perennial that brings a splash of vibrant white to any garden. This award-winning, top-selling plant is celebrated for its large, snow-white flowers that cover the plant in a stunning blanket of blooms. Each stem is adorned with numerous buds, thanks to its superior branching and side buds, ensuring a display that lasts much longer than that of typical daisies—often throughout the entire summer if deadheaded properly.

Thriving in hardiness zones 5 through 9, Daisy May® is remarkably hardy and can withstand the average annual extreme minimum temperature expected in these zones. It reaches a mature size of 12 to 24 inches in height and spreads 10 to 14 inches wide, making it a medium-sized plant that fits well in a variety of garden settings. Its dark green foliage provides a lush backdrop for the bright white flowers, enhancing its visual appeal.

Daisy May® is not only a feast for the eyes but also attracts beneficial wildlife, including bees and butterflies, adding life and movement to your garden. It is an upright perennial that serves well as a thriller in containers, making it versatile for both container gardening and landscape use. This plant demands a sunny spot, requiring at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, and thrives in average to fertile soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.

Plant Attributes

The Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy is a perennial plant that boasts an array of desirable attributes, making it a cherished addition to any garden. Characterized by its medium stature, it grows to a garden height of 12 to 24 inches and offers a compact spread of 10 to 14 inches, making it an ideal choice for both small and large spaces. The plant showcases striking white flowers that emit a brilliant glow against its dark green foliage, creating a visually appealing contrast. This foliage not only provides a lush background throughout the growing season but also accentuates the pristine white blooms that captivate onlookers from early to late summer.

Designed to thrive in full sun, the Daisy May® requires a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily, catering to its bloom and growth needs. It is a resilient plant, adaptable to a range of hardiness zones from 5a through 9b, indicating its ability to withstand varying winter temperatures. Water requirements for this plant are average, making it suitable for gardeners seeking beauty without the high maintenance of more water-intensive plants. It flourishes in both average and fertile soils, with a preference for neutral to slightly acidic pH levels, accommodating a wide range of garden environments.

Landscape Use

The Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy offers versatile landscaping uses, making it an excellent choice for a variety of garden designs and purposes. Here are some key landscaping uses for this beautiful perennial:

  • Border Planting: Its compact size and vibrant white blooms make it ideal for border plantings, where it can outline garden beds, walkways, or property lines, adding structure and visual appeal to the garden.
  • Container Gardening: Daisy May® is well-suited for container gardening, thriving in pots on patios, balconies, or decking areas. Its upright growth habit and showy flowers add height and interest to container arrangements.
  • Mass Planting: For a dramatic display, use Daisy May® in mass plantings. Large groups of these daisies create a sea of white, enhancing the visual impact of garden spaces, public areas, or along slopes for erosion control.
  • Pollinator Gardens: This plant is a magnet for bees and butterflies, making it an excellent choice for pollinator-friendly gardens. Planting Daisy May® contributes to the health of local ecosystems by providing essential resources for beneficial insects.
  • Cottage Gardens: With its classic daisy appearance, Daisy May® fits perfectly into cottage garden designs, mingling with other perennials, herbs, and flowering shrubs for a relaxed, informal look.
  • Mixed Perennial Beds: Incorporate Daisy May® into mixed perennial beds for a succession of blooms. Its white flowers pair beautifully with a wide range of other perennial plants, offering contrast and cohesion in color schemes.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Beyond attracting pollinators, Daisy May® supports local wildlife, providing habitat and food resources. Its presence enriches biodiversity in garden settings.
  • Landscape Features: Use Daisy May® as a focal point in landscape features, such as around water features, garden statues, or seating areas, where its flowers can be enjoyed up close.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The blooms of Daisy May® make excellent cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements, adding freshness and beauty to indoor spaces. Planting them in a designated cut flower garden ensures a steady supply of blooms throughout the summer.

By incorporating the Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy into your garden or landscape, you can enjoy its long-lasting blooms, attract beneficial wildlife, and create a variety of garden styles and themes, from traditional to contemporary.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) involves several straightforward steps to ensure its growth and flourishing in your garden. Here is a detailed guide to help you plant and care for this beautiful perennial:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in early spring or fall to allow the plant time to establish roots before the extreme temperatures of summer or winter.
  2. Location: Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Although Daisy May® can tolerate partial shade, full sun encourages optimal blooming.
  3. Soil Preparation: This plant thrives in well-drained soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soils with compost or other organic matter to improve drainage and fertility.
  4. Planting:
  5. Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball.
  6. Remove the plant from its container and gently loosen the roots.
  7. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
  8. Backfill the hole with soil, and gently firm it down.
  9. Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Water the plants regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, Daisy May® is somewhat drought tolerant but performs best with occasional watering, especially in extreme heat or when planted in containers.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed competition.
  3. Fertilizing: Feed in early spring with a general-purpose fertilizer to support vigorous growth and blooming. Repeat mid-season if growth appears sluggish or blooms are sparse.
  4. Deadheading: While deadheading is not necessary for continued blooming, removing spent flowers can encourage a tidier appearance and may promote more blooms.
  5. Pruning: Cut back the foliage to the ground in late fall or early spring before new growth begins, to maintain plant health and appearance.
  6. Division: Divide clumps every few years in early spring or fall to rejuvenate and propagate your plants, ensuring vigorous growth and blooming in the coming seasons.

Pest and Disease Management:

Daisy May® is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch for common garden pests such as aphids and slugs. Treat infestations early with appropriate organic or chemical controls. Preventative measures, such as proper spacing and avoiding overhead watering, can minimize the risk of fungal diseases.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Amazing Daisies® Daisy May® Shasta Daisies will thrive, bringing beauty and vibrancy to your garden with their stunning white blooms and dark green foliage.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Requires average water; ensure consistent moisture for optimal blooming, more frequent watering in extreme heat or when planted in containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: Loo-KAN-thuh-mum soo-PER-bum
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 12-24 inches and spreads 10-14 inches wide.
  • Special features: Border Plant, Container, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Long Blooming, Award Winner, Top Seller, Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer, Ideal for Mass Planting, Suitable for a variety of garden settings including landscape and mass planting.
  • Dramatic Foliage: Dark Green
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Early to Late Summer
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Large, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Traditional, Pollinator Garden
  • Design Ideas: Perfect for creating a vibrant border or as part of a mass planting for a stunning display of white throughout the summer. Ideal for cottage and traditional garden styles, as well as in pollinator gardens to attract bees and butterflies. Can be planted in containers for decks, patios, or balcony gardens, adding charm and interest to outdoor living spaces.
  • Companion Plants: Suitable to be paired with a variety of perennials that enjoy similar growing conditions, such as Echinacea (Coneflower), Salvia (Sage), and Lavandula (Lavender) for a delightful mix of colors and textures.

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