Sheffield Daisies and a Mystery

  • Post published:10/18/2013
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Sheffield Daisies

I first saw Sheffield daisies at the Smith College perennial garden. It was late in the fall and I was amazed and delighted by this large clump of gloriously blooming pink flowers. I had no idea what they were, and posted the picture with a query to my readers. The answer was quick in coming – Sheffield daisies, also called Sheffies. They are strong growers and very hardy. They came through last week’s frost untouched. I have grown them for two years and have already divided them and given away two clumps, and now have three clumps of my own. What a great plant.

Pink Chrysanthemum

This photo is of a different clump of chrysanthemums (‘Cambodian Queen?‘) and Sheffield daisies are actually a chrysanthemum and like full sun. In my garden they grow about two feet tall, although I am told they can get taller.  They appreciate a good rich soil, but are drought tolerant. My dry garden this summer certainly did not deter my Sheffies at all. This is a wonderful late bloomer.

Forsythia foliage

I solved the mystery of the Sheffie, but I have a new mystery this fall. This is a photo of my forsythia foliage.  I don’t recall ever seeing it go through the fall with such variegations. It is very attractive, but I don’t know why. We’ve been having a relatively mild and dry fall. Is that the explanation, or am I not remembering previous falls?  A definite possibility. Any thoughts are welcome

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. PlantPostings

    The Sheffield Daisies are very pretty. My Forsythias usually have variegated foliage, too, in the fall–somewhat different than yours, but similar. I wonder if it has to do with extremes between day and nighttime temperatures, or more moisture, or something like that? In any case, I think it’s fascinating and beautiful!

  2. Patrick's Garden

    Have always enjoyed Sheffield Pink, especially when I’ve had time to pinch it back along the way.

  3. Sally

    They are lovely and would be a wonderful addition to my flowerbeds….

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