Best Daisies for Your Garden
Daises are the iconic garden plants of summer. Colorful and cheery, they are found in countless art forms and fashion design, but there is nothing like the real thing - daisies in 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).
(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; performing best in rich, moist but well drained soil.
(Zone 4-9) (Rudbeckia) will grow in both full sun, and part shade. Plant Black-Eyed Susan in well drained, consistently moist soil. They will tolerate clay soil, and mild droughts. The beauty of this long lived perennial is it's adaptability - it takes on the heat and humidity of the south as well as below zero temperatures in Canada.
(Zone 3-9) Echinaceas or Coneflowers are glorious when in bloom in the garden. Easy to grow, and highly drought tolerant once established. They grow well in any well-drained, average garden soil. It is hard to beat such a reliable perennial. Check out our Coneflower Selection 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. Stems should be cut back to the lower foliage after flowering to keep the plant tidy. Shastas 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.