THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

LOW FAT, HIGH STRESS DIET.......COFFEE & FINGERNAILS

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GREENSCAPE GARDENS PLANT SPOTLIGHT

Shasta Daisy 'Becky' is the plant of the week. Known botanically as Leucanthemum, Shasta daisies have long been popular in the perennial garden because they are so easy to grow.

The cultivar 'Becky' was selected for its long-blooming, 3-inch, bright white flowers with yellow centers. The numerous blossoms are held well above the foliage on sturdy stems that reach about 3 feet tall.

Shasta daisies can be used as either a specimen plant or in groupings for more impact. Although Shasta daisy is a hybrid, it has a wildflower type appearance and can also be used in more natural plantings. It is also a good choice for container gardens, cut flower plantings and butterfly gardens. The white blossoms with yellow centers are harmonious with just about any color combination.

Shasta daisy performs best in full sun, though it will adapt to partial shade, and demands moist, but well-drained soil. Shasta daisies can be propagated using stem cuttings in summer or by division in early spring or late summer.

'Becky' is dependably hardy and provides excellent color from July to September, especially if old flowers are removed to encourage rebloom.

For more information check out the Perennial Plant Association website.