Shasta Daisy Companion Plants

Shasta Daisies have a bright and cheerful appearance that wins them a spot in many garden beds. The snow white of their petals gives this plant a fresh and perky look, regardless of the heat and humidity levels. Combining Shasta Daisies in the garden is very easy, These herbaceous perennials do not require heavy fertilizing, high watering, or much maintenance throughout the garden season. Plant Shasta Daisies in a location with good drainage, in full to part sun (ideally 6 or more hours of sun a day) and in acidic, neutral, or alkaline soil. 

Shasta Daisies can fit into many different garden styles. These perennials are traditionally found in cottage gardens and English gardens, but they can also benefit kitchen gardens by attracting beneficial pollinators. A formal garden with clipped hedges and a green and white planting scheme should include Shasta Daisy for the pure white flowers and movement they bring. 


Shrubs To Plant With Shasta Daisy

The Shasta Daisy typically blooms in midsummer. Shasta Daisy pairs best with early blooming deciduous and evergreen shrubs that will provide a solid backdrop of color when Shasta Daisy is in full bloom. Viburnum, spirea, weigela, lilacs, pieris, forsythia, or dogwoods are all great choices. Shrubs with striking foliage colors, such as choisya, smokebush, barberry, black elderberry, euonymus, and abelia, also help set off the crisp white of Shasta Daisy flowers. Plant Shasta Daisy in front of as a facing plant to cover the base of the shrub. 

Perennials To Plant With Shasta Daisy

Early in the summer, Shasta Daisy has lovely, lush foliage growth that makes a nice ground cover for a wide range of early blooming, tall perennials. Plant the daisies in front of foxglove, columbine, delphinium, peonies, lupines, and iris. As the perennials die back, Shasta Daisies will help to hide any tattered foliage before it is cut back. Alternatively, plant Shasta Daisies in front of hollyhocks, honeysuckle, and clematis for a spectacular mid to late-summer bloom display. To create a simple meadow garden, combine daisies with ornamental grasses, black-eyed Susan, and echinacea and watch pollinators happily feed all summer. The only rule is to choose perennials that love sun and are not fussy about the soil as long as it is well drained. 

Annuals To Plant With Shasta Daisy

Annuals and Shasta Daisies make great planting partners. Choose taller-growing cosmos, cleome, poppies, and black-eyed susan vine to match the sturdy flower stems of Shasta Daisy. Lower-growing plants like petunias, sweet potato vine, nasturtium, and creeping Jenny work well as a weed-suppressing ground cover that blooms effortlessly all summer. Choose sun-loving annuals that only require light fertilizing. Adding a slow-release fertilizer at planting time will ensure a consistent level of nutrition whenever the plants are watered. Look for a balanced NPK ratio of 1-3-2 to support blooming for all of the plants in the bed. 

Best Companion Plants For Shasta Daisy in Containers

The white of Shasta Daisy makes the perfect base for plants with brighter and intensely colored foliage. For a fresh look, plant Shasta Daisy (thriller) with white Euphorbia, Calibrachoa (fillers), and chartreuse Sweet Potato Vine. The planter will look good even after the Daisy has finished blooming. Other great container companions include lantana, verbena, and alyssum, which provide a dose of hot summer color. For a more refined and romantic feel, combine Shasta Daisy with ivy-leaved geranium and fuchsia in pale shades such as pink. 


Plants Not To Grow With Shasta Daisy

Shasta Daisy requires at least 6 hours of sun to produce copious flowers. When it is planted in too much shade, growth will slow and blooms may be absent. Shade lovers like ferns, hostas, bleeding hearts, astilbe, and hellebores should be avoided when planning a design with Shasta Daisies. 

Best Plants To Grow With Shasta Daisy





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Shasta Daisy is a low-maintenance, adaptable perennial that will enhance many garden designs. It partners well with sun-loving shrubs, perennials and annuals. For a low-maintenance foundation planting, use Shasta Daisy to anchor groups of daylily, spiked speedwell, fiber optic grass, and annual calibrachoa. The varied colors and textures provide the perfect contrast for a long season of interest.

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Author Robbin Small - Published 9-22-2023