Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Found along another walk in the neighborhood this week. I especially liked the white daisies with the purple centers. They almost seemed to glow in the sunshine.

Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook

Leucanthemum × superbum (or Shasta daisy) is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray florets) around a yellow disc, similar to the oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Lam but larger. Formerly classified in the genus Chrysanthemum, these daisies were transferred to their own genus of Leucanthemum because they lack some traits of true Chrysanthemum species. Shasta daisies are characterized by a distinct odor which some find unpleasant, which makes them unusual amongst flowers.

It originated as a hybrid produced in 1890 by the American horticulturist Luther BurbankLeucanthemum lacustre (Brot.) Samp. × Leucanthemum maximum (Ramond) DC. It was named after Mount Shasta, because its petals were the color of the snow. Some members of the genus are considered noxious weeds, but the Shasta daisy remains a favorite garden plant and groundcover.

Many cultivars are suitable for cut flowers, such as ‘Becky’, ‘Esther Read’, ‘Silberprinzesschen’ (Silver Princess), ‘Snow Lady’, ‘Tinkerbell’, ‘Wirral Pride’, ‘Wirral Supreme’. The cultivar ‘T.E. Killin’[1] has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit– Wikipedia.org

 
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Summer in the Garden: Cobalt Planters Trio

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas


Cobalt Planters Trio

Decorative containers are always a nice touch in the garden. We have recently turned one bed along the side of our house into a container garden, as the soil and conditions of this area didn’t seem very good for growing anything. I love cobalt blue in everything from dishes to clothing, so I could easily see these in my own garden.

Summer in the Garden: Cobalt Planters Trio 

 

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Interesting Plant: Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks”

Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks”

Another striking plant that could conceivably fit into my garden. the description say sit want high heat in the summer, which we certainly have around here, although it has been unseasonably cool the last few weeks. I am attracted to this flower by the purple color, which is one of my favorites and also the unique petal shape. 

Interesting Plant: Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks”

Photo: Annie’s Annuals
Discovered via Pinterest User Rachel Urick

Zaluzianskya is a genus of flowering plants now regarded as being a member of the Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family. The genus is endemic to Southern Africa and includes some described sixty species.[2]

 Superficially the shape of the flowers is strikingly phlox-like, hence the designation ‘Night Phlox’, for their evening fragrance. The fragrance after dark suggests that in nature the species in question are pollinated by moths, whereas day-pollinated species often have little or no obvious scent. Research is in progress on the ecological and evolutionary relationships between some members of the genus and specialist long-tongued pollinators, particularly night flying hawk moths (Family Sphingidae) and flies in the families NemestrinidaeTabanidae, and Bombyliidae.[5][6][7] Day-flying hawk moths, such as the genus Macroglossum (Hummingbird Hawk Moths) also seem to be significant pollinators of many species of Zaluzianskya– Wikipedia.org

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

Garden Sharing: Not everyone has the time, space or ability to start their own gardens from A Gardener’s Notebook

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<p><p>Not everyone has the time, space or ability to start their own gardens.

“Not everyone has the time, space or ability to start their own gardens. You can brighten not only your life but the lives of countless others by sharing the “fruits” of your labors. Bring people into your garden or take a part of your garden to them.

From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com

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Traditional Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design

An exceptional garden is one that embraces and celebrates the unexpected. This can be a challenge in the smaller, more urban gardens that are becoming the norm for many of us. One way to inject unexpected interest into your small space is by introducing plants with large foliage.

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In the shadow of one of England’s oldest cathedrals sits Bishopscourt, the home of the Bishop of Rochester. Behind it is a traditional English garden that is being brought into the 21st century. Bishopscourt’s updated design is a revelation, with grasses, shrubs and perennials skillfully planted to create a kaleidoscope of flower and foliage color. 

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A for Alliums from Crafty Gardener

A for Alliums from Crafty Gardener

The drumstick alliums, which are ornamental onions, are in bloom right now. These herbaceous perennials have pretty, almost round, purple blooms which appear in early to midsummer.

Alliums are in the onion genus and includes onions, chives, garlic, scallions and leek.

The flowers first appear green and seem to take forever to open. They grow best in full sun in well drained soil. A bonus to growing drumstick allium is that deer and rabbits don’t nibble on them.

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