Perennial of the Week: Shasta Daisy

One of the most popular perennials that most gardeners have in their gardens is the Shasta Daisy.  This wonderful flower standard has many traits and characteristics that will help it stand out above the rest in your garden: A must for all flower gardens.

The Shasta daisy does come in several different varieties offering many growing conditions for you.  You can find tall varieties along with short ones, single layer of petals too almost full heads of petal layers.  The taller varieties will need to be staked or they will probably tip over as they can grow up to 3 feet in height.

No matter which variety that you plant in your garden, the white flower head with its bright yellow center will attract bees, butterflies and birds to your garden.  Bloom time can vary from early summer to late fall: truly offering a long range of beautiful blooms.

A couple of very positive attribute is that the Shasta daisy is deer resistant, and drought tolerant. However, it still needs to be watered and does prefer to be planted in loose soil offering good drainage. Though Shasta Daisies prefer full sun, this perennial will tolerate partial shady conditions. You will need to divide your plants every few years too.

Shasta daisies will offer a graceful and elegant touch to any garden.  You won’t have any regrets planting this wonderful perennial in your yard.

What is the size of your Garden Space?

Photo by Roger KirbyFor some there is no limitation, only in what the imagination will hold you back to what you can grow in your garden.  However, for some it might be limited to a small balcony or just a small enclosed patio. Don’t give up; you still can grow something in your small limited space.

Window boxes, in all of their various sizes, make great options for growing fresh herbs and limited amounts of vegetables; but how limited? You have heard of strawberry planters, well they can be used for more than just strawberries.  However, strawberries offer a sweet delectable reward. You have seen commercials on TV about hanging gardens

The desire for fresh vegetable has created a lot of unique growing conditions by a lot of gardeners. Have you ever thought of growing potatoes in a bucket? What about an upside down hanging tomato basket? Ever thought about corn stalks in the city?

You just have to make sure you follow certain principles and practices of gardening. Any pot or container that you plant in has to have drainage. Most plants have to have a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. Feeding with the right fertilizer is important. And the list can go on and on. However, what would your neighbors think when you offered them a fresh salad from your patio garden?

Let’s try it!

On Friday, we will have a Weekend Project just for those of you who want to try Patio Gardening.  Don’t miss it!

Annual(s) of the Week-Diascia and Nemesia

If I mention Diascia, I need to say Nemesia too!

These two wonderful recent introductions into the plant world are a great reward. Both are in the same family as the snapdragon and offer some of the similar traits: one of the most important is that is can be fairly frost tolerant.  However, don’t take it from the cozy sheltered life of a greenhouse and place it outside if the nights are still freezing.  Allow these plants to adjust to the local conditions first.

Other than being able to be among some of the first annuals to be planted out in the spring, look for some other amazing traits. Nemesia you will need to make sure you are planting the right cultivars:  Nemesia strumosa is a variety that will NOT tolerate the freezing temps, look for Nemesia foetans, N.pallida, N. capensis, N. Fruticans, and N. caerulea are the stronger, sturdier varieties that will also tolerate the cooler temps.  Nemesia will offer smaller daintier flowers in shades of blues and also beautiful pure white to pink blossoms:  A must for a planters and small flower gardens.

Diascia is the real charmer in any container arrangement or in your flower bed.  The color scheme is a little different than that of Nemesia: You will find hues of red, apricot, salmon, and pink.  The flower size of the Diascia plant is also larger and the plant itself offers a stronger upright profile, yet some varieties will also lay down offering a spreading habit.

As  you find this little darling of a flower make sure that you make room for these two little gems in your containers and flower gardens. Being able to tolerate cooler temperatures these beauties can be planted early and enjoyed all summer long and into the cool nights of the fall. A lasting favorite to all those who plant them.