Although the beautiful Montauk daisy may be a lesser-known flower, it is easy to grow. Its cheery yellow and white flowers, dancing above shiny green foliage, will brighten your garden in early fall when your other flowers have finished their blooming season.
The Montauk daisy is not picky. Plant your Montauk daisy in full to partial sun with average, well-drained soil. Since it's deer and rabbit resistant, watering during dry spells is the extent of the regular maintenance that the Montauk daisy requires.
You may choose to cut your Montauk daisy back in spring. The Montauk daisy begins to get green in late winter and early spring. When it develops new buds, usually in mid to late spring, it is time for it to be cut back. Using garden shears, cut the daisy close to the ground. Although this is not necessary for the plant's well-being, doing this will ensure that your daisy grows to its full three feet in height and nearly as wide as well.
This daisy can be grown from seeds, but they are often hard to come by. Since this plant is remarkably easy to propagate from cuttings, there is little need to go to the trouble of procuring seeds. Just plant cuttings in pots filled with soil, some compost or manure, and a little bit of rooting hormone. Dampen the soil mixture and place the cuttings in partial shade. In a couple weeks, you will have daisy plants.
The Montauk daisy can be interspersed with other plants in your garden. It can be planted with bulbs, as it will not disturb them. Just when the bulbs are dying down, the daisy will fill in the empty space with its glossy foliage. It can also be put with other spring and summer blooming flowers. Just make sure to leave plenty of room, about three feet, for the daisy to grow.