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Best Daisies for Your Garden

Best Daisies for Your Garden

Daises are iconic garden plants of summer.  Colorful, cheery, they are found in countless art forms and fashion design.  But there is nothing like the real thing - daisies for the perennial garden.

There are many plants that have daisy-type flowers.  Some of the more popular daisies for the flower garden include herbaceous perennials such as Shasta Daisies,(Leucanthemum), Coneflowers (Echinacea) and Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).

Daisies for Your Garden

Shasta Daisies (Zone 5-10) (Leucanthemum) grow best in full sun and part shade in well drained soil. (In too much shade they will lean toward the sun and may not produce as many flowers).  Shasta's dislike excessive moisture, or heavy clay, and perform best in rich, moist but well drained.

Black-Eyed Susan (Zone 4-9) (Rudbeckia)will grow in both full sun and part shade. Plant Black-Eyed Susan in well drained, consistently moist soil. They tolerate clay soil and mild droughts.  The beauty of this long lived perennial is their adaptability - they take on the heat and humidity of the south as well as below zero temperatures in Canada.

Coneflower Daisies
(Zone 3-9) Echinaceas or Coneflower are glorious when in bloom in the garden. Easy to grow and highly drought tolerant once established. Coneflowers grow well in any well-drained garden soil. It is hard to beat such a reliable perennial in garden plans and designs. Check out our coneflower section for more great varieties.

Tips for Extended Bloom & Care: Deadheading (removing the spent flowers), encourages new growth of buds and flowers, thus extending the bloom time in the perennial garden. Shasta Daisies exhibit the classic flower form - white petals with yellow centers.  Stems should be cut back to the lower foliage after flowering to keep the plant tidy. Shasta Daisies come in various heights, flowering forms (single, semi-double, double) and flower colors (yellow & white).

Tips for Garden Design  Group in 3 or 5 for most impact and then repeat them in several places in the garden.