Few flowers evoke the ease of a lazy summer day like the daisy. The radiant petals with bright yellow centers add an old fashioned beauty and a carefree spirit to the garden. Leucanthemum is an easy plant to grow. It is a reliable perennial in zones 4 (-20 to -30 degrees F) to 8 (10 to 20 degrees F). The cold winter months typical of these regions provide the vernalization or chilling needed for leucanthemums to produce blooms. Gardeners in warm climates such as the Deep South, southern California and southern Texas can grow leucanthemum too. Just treat it as a cool season annual, brightening early spring borders and containers.
I was drawn to Amzing Daisies? ‘Banana Cream’ leucanthemum because of the unique blooms. Most leucanthemums bloom white, but ‘Banana Cream’ produces flowers that open lemon yellow, lighten to a butter cream and then fade to white. At peak bloom the plant is covered in all three shades. It is a nice gradation of soft color that blends well in just about any planting scheme.