pretty petals – shasta daisies

July 24, 2014

Shasta daisies are plentiful in the perennial gardens of Ontario right now. The expression “fresh as a daisy” is certainly applicable in this case – the crisp white blossoms of the shasta daisy livens up any garden. Shasta daisies are an excellent choice if you are considering a cutting garden because they are tough flowers, that can tolerate the harsh, heat and dryness of our hot, Ontario summers.  They bloom from early summer right through til fall.  A mature plant will grow to 2-3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.  You may need to stake taller plants because they can become quite top heavy once in full bloom.  Did you know that the shasta daisy will attract butterflies?

The vase life of a shasta daisy is a lengthy one –  up to 2 weeks with proper water changes. Their dark glossy foliage is a bonus, but be certain to strip all greenery from the portion of the stem that is under water.

 

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