October plant of the month: autumn ox-eye

This lovely white daisy really stands out among the rich colours of autumn

Leucanthemella serotinaTypically in October, the predominant colours to be seen in the gardens are the warm hues, whether it’s the foliage turning on the trees and shrubs or the vibrancy of the later-flowering perennials such as rudbeckias and sedums.

This is what makes Leucanthemella serotina stand out so well; the towering stems of this impressive daisy relative are topped with masses of white flowers, a colour not often associated with this time of year.

At Harlow Carr we have several stands of it, some on the main borders, contrasting with the rusty tones, and several forming the backbone and tallest elements of the increasingly popular White Border.

It’s an easy, but not often seen, perennial that needs little attention, other than keeping in check – it can be a quick spreader in the perfect conditions, but it is well worth the effort.

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