Growing Shasta Daisies for Stunning Garden Blooms

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Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or just dipping your toes into the wonderful world of gardening, Shasta daisies are a fantastic addition to any garden. These resilient perennials bring a touch of classic beauty to your outdoor space and come with the promise of easy care and delightful blooms.

In this article, we’ll explore the art of growing Shasta daisies, sharing tips and insights for a successful and enjoyable gardening experience. From their ideal growing conditions to the various species and cultivars, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your gardening gloves and let’s dive into the joy of growing Shasta daisies together!

Is it easy growing Shasta daisies?

Growing Shasta daisies is a delight, and the good news is that they are generally quite easy to cultivate, making them a fantastic choice for both beginning and veteran gardeners. These hardy perennials are known for their resilience and adaptability.

For beginners, they’re a great entry point into gardening.

  • Shasta daisies thrive in full sun, and they’re not too demanding when it comes to soil quality. Just make sure the soil is well-drained. Once established, they require minimal maintenance.
  • Deadheading spent blooms can encourage more flowering, but even if you forget, they’ll keep coming back.
  • These daisies are also relatively pest and disease-resistant, so you don’t need to worry much about special treatments.

For the experienced gardener, Shasta daisies offer an opportunity for creativity.

  • You can mix and match different varieties to create eye-catching displays
  • Their prolific self-seeding can add an element of surprise in your garden design.

Whether you’re just starting or have been tending to your garden for years, growing Shasta daisies is sure to bring you joy and beauty with ease.

How do I grow Shasta daisies?

There are a few ways to grow Shasta daisies.

Divide and Conquer

If you have a friend who has Shasta daisies in their garden, the most effective way to grow your own Shastas is by obtaining a portion from their garden. This is known as division. During the autumn, after the flowering and growing season has concluded, you can perform a process called division every 3-4 years, typically in early spring or late summer.

Division involves carefully extracting a mature clump of Shasta daisies from the ground, then dividing it into smaller sections, each with its own set of roots and foliage. Contrary to how it might initially sound, this division process is not harmful but, in fact, benefits the plant by stimulating fresh growth and expanding the presence of these delightful daisies.

I recently undertook this division process with a three-year-old, thriving Shasta daisy clump and was able to create a total of 12 separate plants! You can employ the edge of a shovel to gently separate the roots. My preference is to create clumps of about three stalks for each new planting.

Buy a new plant

Choosing a new plant from a nursery is always fun! When it comes to selecting a Shasta daisy, I believe it’s wise to go for the one with the most flower buds. It may not have the most blooms right now, but those buds will surely blossom and grow beautifully.

Grow from seeds

To experience the true joy of gardening, collect or buy seeds. I discuss sowing Shasta seeds fully a little further down.

Natural Self-Propagation

Sometimes, Shasta daisies can self-sow if the conditions are right. The seeds can fall to the ground and germinate on their own. You may find new plants popping up in the vicinity of the parent plant.

To encourage self-propagation, ensure the plants have healthy growing conditions and let a few flowers go to seed. This way, you can enjoy a more natural and effortless way of expanding your Shasta daisy garden.

more of my shasta daisies growing in my backyard garden
More of my backyard garden Shasta daisies growing in full sun exposure. Image by author

Are Shasta Daisies invasive?

I don’t know, is joy invasive?

Seriously, they self-propagate and spread pretty readily. Personally, I don’t think that’s a problem.

Growing Shasta daisies is a delightful endeavor, but it’s important to consider their growth habits when planting them in your garden. Shasta daisies are not classified as invasive plants in most regions.

However, they do self-seed and spread quite readily. This means that if not managed properly, they can sometimes naturalize and establish themselves in areas where you might not want them. To prevent this, deadhead the spent flowers before they go to seed, which can help control their spread and maintain the desired garden boundaries.

When planting Shasta daisies in non-native regions, be aware that they could potentially outcompete native plants, which can impact the local ecosystem.

To be a responsible gardener, think about the environment and plant Shasta daisies in moderation alongside non-invasive native species for a more balanced and diverse ecosystem.

How tall do Shasta daisies get?

Growing Shasta daisies in your garden offers a delightful array of options, as various species and cultivars come in different sizes. Gardeners can choose Shasta varieties that best suit their garden size and design preferences, from tall and stately to compact and charming.

These height ranges are approximate and can vary depending on factors like growing conditions, climate, and care. Growing shasta daisies in full sun exposure will give them the best chance to reach their heights!

Standard Shasta Daisies

The classic Leucanthemum x superbum, often known as Shasta Daisy, typically reaches heights of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm). This iconic variety, with its bright white petals and sunny yellow centers, is a beloved choice for growing Shasta daisies.

Tallest Shasta Daisies

For those seeking slightly taller options, ‘Becky,’ a popular cultivar, can grow to heights of 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 cm). Its larger flowers and extended blooming season make it a standout choice for growing Shasta daisies.

A lovely clump of Becky Shasta daisy, photo by F.D. Richards, flickr
A lovely clump of Becky Shasta daisy, photo by F.D. Richards, flickr

Shorter Shasta Daisies

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more modest height, ‘Alaska‘ stands at approximately 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm), maintaining the classic white petals and golden centers, making it a versatile option for growing Shasta daisies in your garden design.

Alaska Shastas planted next to Bee Balm, photo by Deb Nystrom, flickr
Alaska Shastas planted next to Bee Balm, photo by Deb Nystrom, flickr

Compact Shasta Daisies

If space is limited, the compact ‘Crazy Daisy‘ may be perfect, typically reaching heights of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm). This charming variety is an excellent choice for borders or smaller gardens.

Shihmei Barger CrazyDaisy Shasta Daisy
Shihmei Barger on flickr shows us this ruffled Crazy Daisy Shasta

How do I plant Shasta daisies?

Thankfully, Shastas aren’t terribly picky about soil quality. Indeed, don’t you see them frequently on the roadside?

Simple boquet of freshly picked Shasta daisies. Image generated with MidJourney, by author

Ideally, they will be planted in well draining soil. When bringing your new Shasta home, dig a hole about twice around as the root ball, and half again as deep. Before you drop it in to its new home, slash its roots some. Breaking up established plants’ root balls will encourage it to expand its roots and start growing. Fill in with good quality soil.

What is the bloom time for Shasta daisies?

Shasta daisy flower stems emerge from a lush, deep green clump at the base. These delightful white and yellow blooms burst into life in late spring or early summer, gracing your garden for approximately a month.

The stems exhibit impressive strength, effortlessly supporting the blossoms. This strength makes Shastas an ideal cut flower, too.

In case you notice any drooping, a handy solution is to gently secure the bouquet with twine or jute. Simply wrap the twine around the upper half of the stems encircling the clump for added support.

Do Shasta daisies need full sun? How much sun light do they need?

They prefer lots of direct sunshine. They do thrive with 6 hours or more of daily direct sun exposure. With full sun, they will bloom to their utmost potential.

They can take some shade, particularly in hot climates, but to get the best results and blooms, the more direct sun the better!

shasta daisies growing in a garden
A large installation of happily growing Shasta daisies. Image by amythenurse, flickr

Are Shasta daisies perennials?

Yes, Shastas are perennials: they do come back year after year. During the colder months, the roots underground go dormant and save energy.

The return of warmer months triggers the plant to regrow. Their blooms of bright white petals come out in late spring or early summer.

It’s a good idea to cut back your Shastas in the fall, to within 6″ or less of the ground.

Growing Shasta daisies from seeds

How and When should I plant shasta daisy seeds?

There are a few options: Direct sowing into the garden in the fall, spring, or starting the seeds indoors in the early spring.

I have a full set of instructions on starting seeds in this article.

Fall Direct Sowing

You sow shasta daisy seeds directly into the garden or bed you want them to grow, and you do this when the weather turns a little chilly. Being outside in the elements is an important trigger for many perennial seeds – when warmer weather returns, it’s their wake-up call!

Early Spring Indoor Sowing

If you’re ambitious and have a little room, consider starting Shastas indoors. For best results, cold stratify the seeds before: store the seeds in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for at least 30 days before you plan on sowing the seeds in seedling cups. This cold stratification mimics over-wintering in the garden soil.

Keep the seedling cups in a protected, enclosed enviroment inside, like a mini greenhouse or large plastic bins. Again, this method is the most fun and demands the most from its gardener, so please read my Indoor Seed Sowing instructions.

Spring Direct Sowing

Shasta seeds can be sown in the springtime, after threat of frost has passed. Doing this method has its drawbacks. The flowers likely won’t bloom, and the Shasta growth will be minimal.

What are some good companion plants for Shasta daisies?

Shastas sure know how to make other plants and flowers shine! But remember, timing is key. It’s best to go for a combo of two or three early-summer bloomers.

Now, you might think Shastas and Rudbeckias would be a match made in garden heaven. And they totally would, if they bloomed together. Sadly, Shastas are long gone by the time Rudbeckias start strutting their stuff.

So, when growing Shasta daisies, keep in mind the bloom time of potential neighbors so they complement each other.

Height Variety

In the art of growing Shasta daisies, one key to creating a visually captivating garden is to play with varied heights. Mixing low, medium, and tall plants can frame your garden like a beautiful vignette.

Since Shastas naturally boast a bit of height, they’re the perfect candidates for pairing with medium-height flowers that add depth and balance to your garden canvas. Some of my personal favorites in this category include:

  • the vibrant Dianthus,
  • the classic Coneflower,
  • the evergreen beauty of Heleborous,
  • the delicate charm of Heuchera,
  • the sunny Coreopsis,
  • the fragrant Lavender,
  • and the colorful Phlox.

These companions create a harmonious blend of color and form.

Next, you can incorporate the versatile role Shasta daisies play as a backdrop for shorter flowers. Planting them alongside low-growing gems like

can create a visually stunning garden tapestry. The best part? These companions share the Shastas’ hardy nature and offer long-lasting blooms, ensuring your garden remains a riot of colors throughout the seasons.

Finally, for those with a penchant for vertical gardening, consider adding taller flowers like Hollyhocks, Milkweed, or Sweet Peas on a lattice behind the Shastas. This not only provides an interesting visual layer but also maximizes your garden space.

Color Variety

As we explore the realm of growing Shasta daisies, we discover the joy of combining colors and textures. For a visual pop, consider companions like Heleborous and Heuchera. These plants not only contrast beautifully with the classic white petals of Shasta daisies but also add a touch of sophistication and depth to your garden palette.

It’s all about painting your garden with a diverse array of hues and shapes, creating an enchanting landscape that’s as vibrant as your passion for gardening.

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After years of denying it, Donald finally admits one passion in life is gardening. More specifically: growing seeds, plants, flowers and edibles and helping them to be the best possible. Neighbors call him a Green Thumb. He lives in Western Washington with his wife of 24+ years and three cats.

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