Leucanthemum Aglaia is just the thing to freshen up the often rather tired late summer garden with her frilly double and slightly tousled looking (in the nicest possible way) pure white flowers with yellow centres. Pre-Raphaelite or bad hair day, as you see it. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 24 in. 2 litre pot.


Aglaia is a really good variety of leucanthemum with more interesting flowers than some and a compact bushy habit that avoids floppiness or the need to stake plants. Being sterile, it blooms longer and won’t self seed ariound the garden.

Leucanthem x superbum is a multiple cross made towards the end of the nineteenth century of three species of Leucanthemum with Nipponanthemum nipponicum and because the hybridiser, Luther Burbank, carried out his work in northern California within sight of Mount Shasta, his cross became commonly known as the Shasta daisy. The genus derives its name from the Greek for white flower (though not all leucanthemums are pure as the dtiven snow, some being distinctly yellow). As for Aglaia, she was, in Greek mythology, was one of the three Kharites, wife of the god Hephaistos and the goddess of beauty, splendour, glory and adornment.

The usual deadheading willl keep the new blooms coming. A chop back in autumn, and perhaps again in spring, will keep things tidy.

Leucanthemum x Superbum Aglaia is a hardy perennial plant with semi-double white flowers yellow centres in summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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