Leucanthemum x superbum 'Brightside'
Well we've finally taken the plunge into growing the shasta daisy but only because they're not called Chrysanthemums any more (the C word is banned at Blackstem).
Still, if we're going to bend the style rules a bit then this seed selection is a great plant to start with.
Introduced in 2005 'Brightside' is an improvement over the award-winning 'Becky'. It has has a more compact habit, stronger flower stems and healthy disease resistant foliage.
The large pure white flowers form a solid dome from early summer until late in the season. Easily grown in full sun provided that the soil drains well. Wet soils in winter can be fatal so incorporating grit and organic matter into the planting hole is a good idea.
Deadheading will certainly promote new blooms and division every two to three years will promote vigour. Removing spent flower stems down to the basal growth can prolong the lifespan too.
A garden worthy addition of this popular hybrid.
Photo: Blackstem Plants