Shasta named Perennial of the Year
The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has selected Shasta daisy 'Becky'
as the Perennial Plant of the Year 2003. 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 by the members of the PPA 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
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 throughout Indiana and provides excellent
color from July to September, especially if old flowers are removed to
encourage re bloom.
For more information about the Perennial of the Year, see the PPA Web
site at http://www.perennialplant.org/ppy/03ppy.htm.