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Types of White Daisies

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017
Daisies in bloom.
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Daisy flowers are a versatile variety to grow in the garden to complement other blooms. The solitary flower of the daisy bears single, semi-double or double flower heads. The smooth leaves form a rosette shape to hold up the bright bloom. Daisies are often used as ground covers for their carpeting form and tucked into containers for vibrancy.

English Daisy

English daisy (Bellis perennis) is a perennial but best grown as a biennial in the South and an annual throughout the rest of the United States. English daisy has white daisy-like petals and a bright yellow center. Growing less than 6 inches tall and 6-to-12 inches wide, English daisies work well tucked along a garden walkway for their low-growing ability. They have a moderate growth rate and flower form that comes in single, semi-double or double. The spoon-shaped leaves on English daisies are smooth and form a rosette shape. Blooming in summer, English daisies require full sun to part shade to thrive. Grow English daisies in other areas of the garden by dividing the plants in early spring. Plant English daisies in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Becky Shasta Daisy

Becky Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky') is a perennial daisy variety with large white blooms and clumping growth habit. Growing 3-to-6 feet tall and 1-to-3 feet wide, Becky Shasta daisies are ideal grown in masses along a flower bed or border. Moderate growers, they have strong, upright stems to hold the large flower heads. Blooming later than most daisy varieties, Becky Shasta daisies are a summer staple in the garden. The masses of white flowers make a perfect cut flower and also attract butterflies. To promote a long flowering season, deadhead the spent blooms as soon as they are noticeable. Becky Shasta daisies require full sun to part shade and well-drained, moist soil. Plant in zones 5 to 8.

Blackfoot Daisy

Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) is a perennial shrub with a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. Growing 1-to-3 feet tall and wide, the upright mounds of bushy foliage bears white daisy-like flowers. The foliage on blackfoot daisies is lance-shaped. Honey-scented, the flowers are a good choice to plant along a rock garden or border. Blackfoot daisies require full sun and well-drained soils to thrive. Plant in zones 4 to 11.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.