Cream Shasta daisies create quite the atmosphere
in this mixed container at The Landings in
recent visit to The Landings shopping center in Columbus
Georgia taught me a little lesson. I have been too
restricted in my thinking when it comes to selecting
plants for mixed containers, Shasta daisies to be exact.
love Shastas, and always have, but shoot they were for
cottage gardens, wildflower patches, and picturesque
perennial plots. I just never thought about the joy
shoppers would receive by their beauty as they passed
mixed containers going from their cars to their favorite
restaurants or boutiques.
while I have treasured varieties like Becky the
Perennial Plant of the Year and best all-around Shasta
ever, and the delectable looking Ice Star, I had never
tried Banana Cream.
sounds edible too! Banana Cream has been out a few years
and is the first Shasta with creamy yellow overtones.
The 4- to 5-inch flowers are produced over an extended
time. Yes, gardening friends, Shastas are for mixed
containers and wherever else you want them in the garden
is the flower that little girls and young ladies alike
find most enchanting with dreams of them having a
prominent place in their wedding someday. The pristine,
glistening white flowers that light up the spring and
early summer like no other plant, now comes with a dash
of creamy yellow.
Shasta daisy whether you choose Banana Cream, Becky or
the famous Mt. Hood, in more northern areas, can last in
the garden for a number of years with proper bed
preparation. Choose a site with six hours of sun and a
little afternoon shade protection.
soil must be fertile, organic-rich, moist, and very well
drained. If plagued by tight heavy soil that doesn’t
drain, then amend with 3 to 4 inches of organic matter
and till to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. This regimen gives
clear indication why they have the ability to work so
well in mixed containers as potting soil certainly
plants 12 to 15 inches apart. Plant at the same depth
they are growing in the container. Apply a layer of
mulch after planting. Of course, in mixed, designer type
containers you’ll be using the Shasta most likely as a
pocket or filler type plant complementing all of the
moisture through the long, hot summer and feed with a
light application of fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks. Keep
the flowers deadheaded for both a tidy look and
increased flower production. Vigorous varieties like
Banana Cream and Becky will repeat.
in the fall, spacing as recommended. This will be a
yearly event if you want the best blooms and healthiest
plants. In the exclusive shopping center
mixed-containers, the plants will be removed in time for
cool season color, but they did their job, as the
shopping experience felt as though you were in the ‘Garden
of Eden’. You, on the other hand, can leave yours in
the container or better yet move to the landscape in the
the landscape, Shasta daisies should be grown boldly, in
sweeping drifts of color. They combine wonderfully with
blue salvias, purple coneflowers, and the old-fashioned
cut-flower type zinnias.
daisies are native to Portugal and the Pyrenees and yet
they look as if they were born for Grandma’s cottage
garden and yes, mixed containers too. There is nothing
that will put a spring in your step and a joy in your
mood quite like a Shasta. If you have forgotten about
them for a while check out your garden center, you’ll
be pleasantly surprised.