A-Z of Plants
The name Leucanthemum comes from the Greek word meaning white. Most varieties in the species are white in colour, with a few which are yellow. Leucanthemums are related to and resemble the common daisy and are a familiar sight in many gardens.
Leucanthemums are showy and reliable which has made them a garden staple for many years. They are useful in any bed or border scheme as they have a long flowering period from June until September. They are happiest in full sun or light shade and tolerate most soil types.
Not only do these look great in beds, borders, and containers but they also make fantastic cut flowers and will last up to 2 weeks once cut.
Leucanthemums are highly attractive to bees and butterflies but also to slugs so will need some protection in the form of slug pellets, particularly when they are not yet fully established.
One of our favourites is the Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Glory’. This variety has long white petals which gradually reflex to reveal a frilly yellow dome in the centre. These unique frilly centres are a real eye-catcher! The flowers are carried on strong, sturdy stems from early summer, right the way through to early autumn.