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Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum superbum

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Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy

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The Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) stands as a testament to the elegance and beauty that can be found in the simplicity of white flowers. This award-winning perennial is celebrated for its unique appearance and its ability to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, making it not just a visual delight but also a boon for the garden ecosystem. The 'Spun Silk' variety is particularly notable for its narrow petals with fringed edges, creating a captivating "spider" look. These graceful, 3.5-inch white flowers bloom profusely from early to late summer, offering a prolonged display of beauty.

Adapted to thrive under full sun conditions, the Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' requires at least six hours of sunlight a day to flourish, making it an ideal choice for sunny borders or as the centerpiece in a container garden. It reaches a medium height of 22 to 24 inches with a spread of 20 to 22 inches, presenting an upright habit that adds structure and texture to garden designs. Its foliage, a lush green, complements the white flowers, enhancing the plant's overall appeal.

This Shasta daisy variety is not only easy to maintain but also versatile in its uses. Whether planted en masse for a stunning landscape effect, used as a border plant, incorporated into container gardens, or cut for fresh bouquets, it brings a touch of elegance to any setting. The plant is hardy in zones 5 through 9, making it a resilient choice for a wide range of climates. With average to fertile soil and good drainage, the Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' is a low-maintenance addition to gardens, requiring only regular watering and occasional deadheading to promote continued blooming throughout the summer months.

Plant Attributes

The Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) is a perennial powerhouse that marries the timeless charm of daisies with the sophistication of modern breeding. This variety distinguishes itself through several key attributes that make it a standout addition to any garden. First and foremost, its unique flower form captivates the eye; the 'Spun Silk' flowers boast fringed, narrow petals that create an intriguing "spider" effect, enhancing the visual appeal of the traditional white daisy. These 3.5-inch blooms present a pristine white color that contrasts beautifully against the plant's vibrant green foliage, offering a fresh and clean look from early to late summer.

Beyond its striking appearance, the 'Spun Silk' variety is an ecological asset to gardens. It serves as an important nectar source for pollinators, including bees and butterflies, thereby supporting biodiversity and the health of surrounding plants. Its ability to attract such beneficial insects is not only vital for pollination but also adds another layer of life and movement to the garden, making it a living, breathing ecosystem.

In terms of growth and care, the Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' is designed for ease and durability. It thrives in full sun, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, and is adaptable to a range of soil types, from average to fertile, provided they are well-drained. This Shasta daisy is notably hardy in zones 5 through 9, showcasing a robust nature that allows it to withstand various climatic conditions with minimal maintenance. Gardeners will appreciate its straightforward care regimen, which primarily involves regular watering, occasional deadheading to encourage continuous blooming, and ensuring good soil drainage to support its health and vitality.

Landscape Use

The Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) offers versatile landscaping uses, making it a valuable plant for gardeners seeking to add beauty, texture, and ecological benefits to their outdoor spaces. Here are some specific ways to incorporate this stunning perennial into your garden:

  • Border Plantings: Its moderate height and striking white blooms make 'Spun Silk' an excellent choice for border plantings. It can define garden spaces, pathways, or property lines with its elegant appearance.
  • Mass Plantings: For a dramatic visual impact, consider mass plantings of 'Spun Silk'. When planted in large groups, the unique texture and color of its blooms create a sea of white that can light up any garden, especially under moonlight.
  • Container Gardening: This Shasta daisy variety is well-suited for containers, where it can serve as a "thriller" element with its upright growth habit and eye-catching flowers. Paired with complementary "filler" and "spiller" plants, it can create a balanced and visually appealing container display.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: 'Spun Silk' is an ideal choice for cut flower gardens. Its long-lasting blooms and sturdy stems make it perfect for bouquets and floral arrangements, bringing the beauty of the garden indoors.
  • Pollinator Gardens: By attracting bees and butterflies, 'Spun Silk' contributes to the health of pollinators, which are essential for a thriving garden. Planting it in a pollinator garden supports biodiversity and helps ensure the pollination of nearby plants.
  • Cottage Gardens: The whimsical nature of 'Spun Silk', with its fringed petals and bright white flowers, fits perfectly into the relaxed and abundant aesthetic of cottage gardens, mingling beautifully with other perennials and annuals.
  • Landscape Accents: Use 'Spun Silk' as a focal point in the landscape to draw the eye and add interest to garden beds or mixed borders. Its unique flower form and upright habit make it a standout plant that can break up the monotony of green spaces.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Beyond attracting pollinators, 'Spun Silk' can also be part of a wildlife-friendly garden, providing habitat and resources for various beneficial insects and birds.

Incorporating Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy into your garden not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also supports local ecosystems, making it a win-win for gardeners and nature alike.

Planting & Care

The Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) is a delightful perennial that, with the right care and planting conditions, can thrive and beautify your garden for many seasons. Here’s a guide to planting and caring for this exquisite variety:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in early spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before extreme weather conditions. In zones with milder winters, fall planting is ideal for early summer blooms.
  • Location: Choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. 'Spun Silk' thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, especially in hotter climates.
  • Soil: Plant in well-draining soil. While 'Spun Silk' is adaptable to various soil types, it prefers soil that is fertile and not too wet. Amend heavy clay soils with compost or other organic matter to improve drainage.
  • Planting: Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole, pressing down the soil as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, 'Spun Silk' is somewhat drought-tolerant but may require more frequent watering in extreme heat or if planted in containers.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed competition.
  • Fertilizing: Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer to support healthy growth and abundant blooming. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can promote foliage at the expense of flowers.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the summer. In late fall, after the first hard frost, cut back the foliage to a few inches above the ground. This helps to keep the area tidy and may reduce the likelihood of pests and diseases overwintering in the foliage.
  • Division: Every 2-3 years, divide the clumps in early spring or fall to rejuvenate and spread the plant. This keeps the center of the plant vigorous and flowering prolifically.
  • Pest and Disease Management: 'Spun Silk' is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch for common issues like aphids and powdery mildew. Treat with appropriate organic or chemical controls as necessary, following label instructions.

By following these planting and care guidelines, your Amazing Daisies® 'Spun Silk' Shasta Daisy will be a vibrant and enduring presence in your garden, offering a blend of aesthetic appeal and ecological benefits.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average water; ensure good drainage.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: LOO-kan-the-mum soo-PER-bum
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 22-24 inches and a spread of 20-22 inches.
  • Special features: Attracts bees and butterflies, Award Winner, Cut Flower, Mass Planting, Easy Care, Border Plant, Container Plant
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Early to late summer
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Narrow petals with fringed edges creating a "spider" look, Graceful 3.5" white flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Traditional, Pollinator Garden
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a serene and elegant garden setting. Can be used in mass plantings for a stunning display or as individual accents in borders and containers. Excellent as cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Pair with other sun-loving perennials for a vibrant garden display. Suitable for creating textures in the garden with its unique fringed petals.
  • Companion Plants: Lavender, Salvia, Echinacea, Russian Sage, Ornamental Grasses

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