In a Vase on Monday: The First of the Montauks

This week, as my contribution to In a Vase on Monday, I would like to place a spotlight on the Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum) which are now blooming in my sunny side garden. These fall blooming daisies add a welcome bit of brilliant white to a garden that is beginning to fade into autumn.


I first “discovered” the Montauk daisy for my Chapel Hill garden over ten years ago and was pleased to find it here when we moved to the Charlotte DSCN0942area. Three of them, planted closely together, give the appearance of a compact hedge in my side garden over the summer. I learned that I should cut them back in June or July (much like we are told to do for mums). Without the trimming, they grew tall and, when they bloomed, a heavy rain knocked over most of the flower stalks.

My Arranger suggested that I might just need a bit more color in the offering, so we selected blossoms from a Knock Out rose (Rosa x ‘Radcon’), annual vinca, and a repeat blooming garden phlox. The sprigs of greenery are from a ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae. The vase and heart, a Christmas gift to my Arranger, are both Waterford crystal.


I purchased the pink phlox in Virginia over twenty years ago. Its name has long since been forgotten. This phlox has thrived in three gardens and made at least nine moves; it has been divided, shared with friends, and moved about my gardens where a touch of pink is desired. I deadhead it to encourage new growth and flowering. It has done so reliably, giving me up to four months of this lovely pink color year after year.


Pink Knock Out rose and Montauk daisy

Please click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme, at Rambling in the Garden. Her weekly challenge gives us the opportunity to share what is in bloom in our garden.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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13 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The First of the Montauks

  1. A light-hearted arrangement for a dreary day…perhaps I should print a copy for my desk!


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Marian. It’s gray here too.


  3. Christina says:

    I like your choice of Nipponanthemum nipponicum, what a great looking daisy. Tell the arranger that her vase today is lovely.


  4. johnvic8 says:

    Christina, my arranger says thank you.


  5. Cathy says:

    That’s a mouthful of a name for that big daisy! Your phlox has done really well – how nice that it has been moved and shared so many times and is still giving you so much pleasure. It’s a great combination with the rose and the daisy – thanks to you and the Arranger ps and don’t forget to add a link to today’s post if you want more people to see it… 😉


  6. pbmgarden says:

    Your vase looks almost spring-like John. That pink phlox is so fresh and pretty. The Montauk daisy is attractive. Do they spread or stay in those nice clumps?


  7. johnvic8 says:

    The clumps do get larger but so far (eight years) have not spread. Thanks, Susie.


  8. Annette says:

    Very charming vase, John, and it’s the first time I meet a Montauk daisy. Very nice indeed!


  9. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Annette. They bloom at a nice time of the year.


  10. Chloris says:

    Very pretty. It looks like a Shasta daisy. Is it a new name for Leucanthemum? I can’ t keep up. Maybe it is something quite different?


  11. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Chloris. As far as I know the name is unique to Montauk daisies. They bloom so much later than Shasta daisies.


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