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It is high season in my perennial beds, with each plant brightly clamoring for attention, trying to outshine its neighbors.  However, at the upper end of Terrace Garden it is Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ who commands the greatest notice!

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Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ has grown to thirty-seven inches tall and thirty-eight inches wide.  Her first flowers opened on July 1 in my Zone 5a garden, and average four inches in diameter.  With some deadheading, she will bloom until early September.  She enjoys full sun and moderate moisture, and tolerates dry spells.  Deer, rabbits, and woodchucks leave her alone.

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Becky’s tall flower stems are thick and strong, so there’s no need to stake them.  They make great cut flowers, lasting over a week in a vase.  Her petals remain a pure, crisp white until the flower withers.  The bright yellow centers attract many small pollinating insects.

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Becky’s flowers occasionally show minor insect damage, but it is minimal and does not diminish their beauty.  I’ve not seen any signs of disease or mildew since I planted her.

Becky’s foliage is a medium shade of green, with lance-shaped, toothed leaves:DSC_5702

Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ is rated hardy from Zones 5-9.  Even the erratic winter we had here last year, with no snow cover and temperatures fluctuating greatly from week to week, did not slow her down!

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This is Becky’s third year in my garden, and she certainly has proven the adage, “Sleep, Creep, Leap” to be true.  I believe she has reached full size this year, and will be ready to divide later this fall or early next spring.  Here is what Becky looked like as a baby, in September 2014.  My, how she’s grown!052

Becky is the mainstay  and centerpiece at the upper end of the Terrace Garden.  Is it any wonder I named this section “Becky’s Corner”?

It’s all well and good to read the profiles of plants on a nursery’s website, but sometimes it’s nice to hear the experiences of a home gardener.  Do you have a plant you’d like to share this week?  If so, feel free to join in by leaving a comment with a link to your post.   I’m looking forward to seeing your Thursday Highlights!

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