Updated: May 18
I used to grow this with great success while living in Sonoma County just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The location had perfect soil, alluvial with a high fresh water table; cultivating it could not go wrong. That all changed when we moved to Silicon Valley, yet I still insist on growing it. The soil here has great drainage, minimal clay, and rocky but difficult to retain water. Over the course of a few years, we have been adding compost and mulch to the soil, and it appears to be paying off with healthy plants for the first time this year. I look forward to the reward of long lasting blooms! Through this winter, the Leucanthemum has kept its foliage, giving the garden something to look at while other plants still need to emerge from their winter slumber.
Botanical Name: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Alaska' Common Name: Shasta daisy Origin: Hybrid, by Luther Burbank Sunset Zones: A1-A3; 1-24; H1 Plant Type: Perennial Hydrozone: Moderate Optimal Height and Spread: 2' (up to 4' when in bloom) x 2', possibly more as it spread its clump Exposure: Full sun to part shade Form: Mound, clump Primary Feature: White blooms in late spring through early fall