I am always on the lookout for flowering perennials which have the habit of Summer bedding. plants
Well, what I mean is, you know how Summer bedding plants bloom from late May through till October.
The hardy perennial Leucanthemum Goldrush does just that, what a bonus, how often do we feel disappointed at the short flowering period of so many perennials. On the other hand there are many which we would not be without in spite of it.
Leucanthemum Goldrush blooms have that shaggy appearance, sort of semi double, with white at the outer edges gradually turning a pale creamy yellow shade towards the centre.
Height and habit – – – Officially the expected height of Leucanthemum Goldrush seems to be given as 40/50 cm, in our garden it was taller reaching at least 75 cm which is 30 inches. We planted three Goldrush together, about 14 inches apart, they came into bloom in early June. The display was outstanding, simply kept throwing up more and more stems as the weeks went in. The stems were so thick and sturdy that support did not seem necessary, (hmm)
Soil and position – – – Grows well in most free draining garden soil, mix in a reasonable amount of garden compost when planting. Leucanthemum will grow in a partly shaded position, most outstanding in full sun.
Hardiness – – – Fully hardy in the UK
What a show, you would get away with just having the one planted in your border as the clumps seem to get large very quickly.
Did I say support for this perennial did not seem necessary, well what have we got here.
One August night brought a thunderstorm with torrential rain and this was the result.
A fair bit of cutting back was the only solution, however they perked up and continued blooming until mid September.
I think I will go easy on the liquid fertilizer this year.
Can you see another change in the August garden picture above compared to the June/July pics.
Late April and the early blooming Daffodils which gave a tremendous show in the back garden from late January are now over and replaced with a few late blooming beauties. Salome is most dominant.
Growing to a height of about 16 inches Salome is a very sturdy and elegant Daffodil. The creamy yellow trumpets turn an apricot shade as they age.
The front garden is well planted with Primula’s and Violas, however it is the Daffs and Tulips which are the main event.
I have been very busy recently with a big project out front. All will be revealed in mid Summer.
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