This is a common site in our part of southern Rhode Island right now. The Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicumare) are in full bloom, and almost everyone has at least one clump. They begin blooming in early October and the show continues for about a month.
Mature plants are very large and will take over your flower beds, so it’s best to plant them where they won’t crowd out anything else. The flowers smell kind of stinky, but the plant is very well- adapted to our part of the country, and therefore, just about bulletproof. They are hardy in Zones 5 to 9.
The leaves have nice, thick cuticles, which protect them from dog urine, so it’s okay to plant them near mailboxes and curbside sign posts.
These plants should be cut back hard in early May so they don’t get floppy and bare in the middle. I cut mine down to about 8 inches.