Shasta Daisies / Leucanthemum x superbum

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Silver Spoons’ – Unusual quilled white petals with spoon-like tips (and a yellow center) give this Shasta Daisy a unique look. These are borne on strong stems and flower from June to September with regular deadheading. This species was formerly known as Chrysanthemum maximum or Chrysanthemum x superbum. Grows 3-4′ tall. Zone 4.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowcap’ – A reliable cultivar that features abundant single white daisies (with a bright yellow eye) that literally smother the rounded foliage below. This compact plant will bloom most of the summer if deadheaded occasionally. Quite effective when mass planted in the foreground of a perennial or shrub border. Grows 10-12″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 5.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Razzle Dazzle’ – A newer Shasta Daisy with large semi-double white flowers with irregular fringed petals that surround a yellow eye when fully open. These are borne on strong stems (making it a good cut flower) over deep green foliage.  Shasta Daisies can be short-lived and benefit from division every 3 years. Grows 16-20″ high. Hardy to zone 5.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Esther Read’ (syn. ‘Esther Reed’) – This older introduction from England was the first fully double Shasta Daisy and it has become a bit of a garden classic. It has elegant pure white double blooms from June to September (with deadheading). Deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Banana Cream’ – This Proven Winner selection has very large (4-5″ across) blooms that emerge a pale lemon, shift to butter yellow and then fade to a creamy-white. It has an extra row of ray petals, giving a fuller look than most singles. The blooms are borne on strong stems and make a long lasting cut flower. Grows 15-18″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 5.

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