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Becky Shasta Daisy
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Fresh as a Daisy! Does any Spirit have a more delightful presence in the summer garden? Everybody loves these gleaming white and yellow blossoms. Becky is an especially choice selection of Shasta Daisy that stands strong and tall through all kinds of weather with no staking. Plant this perky performer in the middle or back of your border along with Daylilies, Russian Sage, Beebalm, and Blazing Star for a colorful, long-lasting summer display. No cottage garden planting should be without it, and Becky looks polished enough to suit formal landscapes, too.
The wild Daisy you see growing along the roadsides is the weedy European import called the Oxeye Daisy. In the 1890s, legendary plant breeder Luther Burbank set out to make it a better garden plant. He hybridized the Oxeye Daisy with two other European daisies and a Japanese Daisy for good measure. Burbank worked in California and named his introduction after Mt. Shasta in the northern part of that state. The Becky Shasta Daisy was named after landscape designer Becky Stewart of Decatur, Georgia. In 2003, the Perennial Plant Association named this stellar Spirit their “Perennial Plant of the Year,” a great honor.
You can also enjoy Becky Shasta Daisy indoors, as a cut flower. Show your kids how to put food coloring in the water to change the flower color—like you did when you were a kid!
How to Grow
Becky Shasta Daisy likes to be in full sun, though it will tolerate very light shade. It appreciates regular water, but it needs freely draining soil, especially in winter, when it is vulnerable to rotting in saturated ground. Cut the flower stems down in fall if you find them unsightly; otherwise, wait until spring to do so. The foliage will remain evergreen in mild climates. Dig up and divide clumps every two or three years to keep plants growing vigorously. Becky Shasta Daisy responds favorably to an annual spring dose of Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer, too.
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