Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum, formerly Chrysanthemum x superbum….thankyou, www.theplantlist.org) are one of those happy, everyday plants in the massive Asteraceæ family.

These put on a lovely summer show, and fill the gap left by many of the Osteospermums that I’ve dotted around the garden during the warmest days of summer:

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Delicate fluted petals

Here it is growing next to the young Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum atropurpureum ‘bloodgood’)

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Leucanthenum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

It will only ever get to around 60cm x 60cm (24″ x 24″), so will eventually be moved towards the front of the garden bed once some of the larger shrubs, such as the Mollis Azalea, establish themselves, but for the moment, it keeps the daisy theme going while the surrounding Osteospermums take their short, 3 week rest prior to their next daisy-explosion.

And, unlike the Osteospermums, which bloom themselves to death after a few seasons and must be continually renewed from cuttings, this one is longer lived and benefits from dead-heading to encourage flowers past the middle of summer.

Happy Gardening 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

  1. Nice, I don’t know this cultivar, but they look like spoon mums – which I love. I had a vet who sent a basket of daisies every time I lost one of my dogs – I grew to really dislike daisies from that reason. I am probably the only daisy hating woman in North America!

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  2. I grow these too. I have an unnamed shaggy double-petaled variety with a smaller central disk, which I love even though the flowers tend to flop over. However, the majority of mine are a variety called ‘Snow Lady,’ which gets only about 12 inches tall and wide – that one doesn’t flop and works well at the front of the border.

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    • They are such an undemanding plant – especially when they are the smaller kind. These flowers, despite being held upright on the bush don’t need staking, so I am very pleased

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