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!

Ask the Gardener-May 17

Is there any special about planting a Rose of the Year?

Depending on which Rose of the Year you are looking for, will depend on what you are getting.  Most rose breeding/grower companies will name one of the introductions as their Rose of the Year.  However, if you were looking at one of the Rose of Year introductions from the UK then you would have one of the best of the best.  In North America you want to look for the distinction of an AARS (All American Rose Selection) winner.

AARS is a non-profit, industry-sponsored organization that has been testing roses for their qualities since 1938.  Roses, before they are named or introduced to the public, are tested for two years by rose judges in various public trial gardens throughout the United States. They are scored on 15 relevant characteristics, varying from growing habit of the plant, flower habit and color, to plants being disease resistant.

These scores or grades are collected and tabulated.  By having such a wide range of growing conditions will help in balancing regional characteristics. Once scores at gathered, the highest scoring roses receive the distinctive honor of being an AARS winner.  There is no set number of winners each year.  2010 had only one winner, Easy Does It, whereas 1948 had six winners.

Now this doesn’t mean that you need to ignore all of the other rose introductions, there are hundreds to enjoy. In fact that might be a lofty goal to have for your rose garden. As for my rose garden I am trying to establish a AARS birth garden: Planting all of the roses that received the AARS distinction from the years that members of my family were born.

Roses that you plant should have something that you find irresistible.  Some people are happy with one or two roses in their yards; others might want all the roses that they can possibly plant.

Which roses do you have planted in your garden?

Here  is the link for the All-American Rose Selection winners.

Here is the link for the Rose of the Year United Kingdom.