FEBRUARY
2003

 

 

 

By
B. Rosie Lerner
 
Purdue Extension
Consumer
Horticulturist

 

 

 

 

 

2-6-03

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 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 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.

 

Writer: B. Rosie Lerner
Editor: Olivia Maddox