shasta daisy - flower grouping garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest

Summer’s Shasta Daisy

shasta daisy - flower grouping
photos by SVSeekins

The Daisy is such a likable flower.  She’s happy, pretty & uncomplicated.

She reminds me of the character Betty, of the duo Betty & Veronica, in the Archie comic books.  I’ve always preferred Betty.

My first Shasta Daisy came from my good friend & mentor, KC.  She gardened on an acreage in Sooke, where deer were common all year & black bear came around in the autumn to feast in the apple trees.

KC assured me the Shasta Daisy could stand up to anything.  Even drought.  Now, that’s my kind of plant!  Something that blooms without any attention from me.

Shasta Daisy - row along south wall
photo by SVSeekins

Along the hot, windy, south side of our home, we now grow a row of tenacious Shasta Daisies.  They add colour with minimal effort.  I haven’t watered the bed at all this year – not even once.  Scout’s honour!

In the shrub border, that gets a good weekly drink, the Shasta clumps bloom well above 4 feet.  Happily, KC gave me a head’s up about that, too.  Because the Shasta Daisy is tough as nails, she can be a bit of a bully when given any encouragement at all.

I’ve followed KC’s advice & kept the Shasta clumps in big pots, then sunk the pots into the flower beds.  The Shasta easily gets enough water, and the pots keep them contained.

Shasta Daisy - happy blooms
photo by SVSeekins

Some folk say the Shasta blooms are kind of stinky.  After 5 years of growing this long row of Shasta Daisies, last July was the first time I ever noticed any smell – –  and I have to say, the scent really doesn’t offend me.  The clouds of white & yellow flowers through July & August easily make up for an unusual fragrance.

KC recommended deadheading at the end of the bloom cycle. That’s not too big a chore, so each September, I shear the tops.

I figure it’s not a good idea to put all those seed pods into our compost heap. Instead, they go into the garbage can I use for weeds.  Whenever that can is full, it goes to the municipal yard where their compost reaches heats strong enough to neutralize the seed.

The best part is that Shasta Daisy is perennial.  She rests quietly over the winter, wakes up in the spring, and parties again all summer.  🙂

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8 thoughts on “Summer’s Shasta Daisy”

  1. Good morning. Good idea about putting them in pots so they don’t spread so bad-never thought of that. I have daisys all over the yard from the seeds that got away. I do like them but they become a weed too. They don’t as tall as yours though in this climate. Would be nice though in certain places. Take care C

  2. I had never considered them before, but we have one garden bed that gets very little water – partly due to our neglect, partly due to a very greedy tree that takes everything we can throw at it. Shasta Daisy might be a good choice. Thanks S 🙂

    1. My guess is they’ll settle in below the tree just fine. I’ve planted some below a tree on the boulevard, and it’s VERY dry there. They don’t grow as tall, but they bloomed there this year. I also grow them right along the curb of the street, to stop cars from parking on the grass. They’ve done just fine in that tiny bit of baked soil, too!

  3. Great feature about the glories of what some consider more of a weed. I agree with Crystal – would be nice if they grew taller in our climate! Jane


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