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New Shasta Daisies Are Like Dessert for the Landscape

New Shasta Daisies Are Like Dessert for the Landscape

Shasta daisy lovers will rejoice as the Amazing Daisy collection more than doubles with the addition of three new varieties for 2022. The Garden Guy can’t wait to get their hands on Amazing Daisy Marshmallow.

Amazing Daisy Banana Cream II looks sensational with its early blooming banana colored flowers that age to white. This is considered one of the most floriferous Shasta daisies available. (Norman Winter/TNS)
Amazing Daisy Marshmallow is new this spring and features double blooms that are puffy and look like they’ve been drizzled with coconut. (Norman Winter/TNS)
Amazing Daisy Spin Silk is truly unique with long, narrow petals that are fringed giving a spider like appearance. The flowers are large, reaching over 4 inches. (Norman Winter/TNS)
There are five selections in the Amazing Daisy Series of Shasta Daisies. Here, Daisy May shows off Shasta daisies’ ability to dazzle in a container mixed with Supertunia petunias and Truffula pink gomphrena. (Norman Winter/TNS)

This Shasta is simply fascinating in its appearance. Indeed, it looks quite good to eat, and when I look at it, I have the impression that it has a little coconut drizzle. The shimmering white flowers are large, double and puffy, reaching 3 1/2 inches wide

If Marshmallow looked good enough to eat, wait until you see Amazing Daisy Banana Cream II. This banana-colored Shasta retains color longer before turning white. They are also faster to flower and even more floriferous than the original Banana Cream, which is still considered a favorite.

The latest addition to the 2022 collection is Amazing Daisy Spun Silk. This stunning daisy will be on every collector’s must-have list as it features long, narrow petals with fringed edges giving a spider-like appearance. The flowers are large too, reaching 4 1/2 inches wide.

These new introductions are about 24 inches tall with an equal spread. The marshmallow is a bit shorter and sticks out 22 inches. They are considered perennials in zones 5 through 9, the quintessential cottage flowers to plant in sweep or drift with blue salvias, yellow coreopsis, rudbeckias, and coneflowers or coneflower.

His James is always pushing the envelope and so has taught me over the years that Shasta daisies like Banana Cream or Daisy May can bring that same floral spectacle to containers and jars to be enjoyed in commercial settings by customers who are going to do shopping or dining at local restaurants. These pristine white blooms indeed light up the spring and summer garden like few other blooms.

No matter which variety you choose, be aware that they will need at least six hours of sunlight and are quite tolerant of a little shifting afternoon shade. The soil should be fertile, rich in organic matter, moist and very well drained. If you are plagued with heavy, tight soil that does not drain, amend it with 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. This diet gives a clear indication of why they have the ability to perform so well in mixed containers, as the potting soil is certainly free flowing.

Space the plants 12 to 15 inches apart. Plant at the same depth they grow in the container. Apply a layer of mulch after planting. Of course, in designer type mixed containers, you will likely use the Shasta as a pocket or filler plant complementing all other companions.

Maintain humidity during the long hot summer and feed with a light application of fertilizer every four to six weeks. Save dead blooms for a neat look and increased flower production, as these vigorous varieties are often known to repeat themselves.

Divide in the fall, spacing as recommended. In the mall’s exclusive mixed containers, the plants will be removed in time for the color of the cool season, but they did their job, because the shopping experience felt like you were in the garden of Eden.

You, on the other hand, can leave yours in the container, or better yet move them out into the landscape in the fall. Shasta daisies have the ability to give gardeners years of perennial performance with just a little work.

Norman Winter, horticulturist, gardening lecturer and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden.” Follow him on Facebook @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.