Updated: Sep 19
Sun loving, summer flowering Achilleas are water wise plants that add a punch to the garden. They come in a large range of colours. These plants excel in mass planting with many other perennial plants and ornamental grasses.
Verbena bonariensis and Achillea filipendulina 'Credo'
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) is a perennial growing to 60cm with dark green, feathery foliage, The flowers bring in the beneficial insects particularly hoverflies. It makes an excellent dried or cut flower. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Grow Achillea in full sun in well-drained soil, never allow plants to become waterlogged. Drought tolerant and often grown to prevent soil erosion. This plant is inclined to spread but is easy to control by reducing the clumps each spring. Divide clumps every three to five years during spring or autumn.
Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' takes centre stage in the meadow garden during summer. Its cerise pink flat flower heads contrast wonderfully with the strong colours of the liliums, daylilies and dahlias. Cerise Queen is a perennial growing to 60cm with dark green, feathery foliage,
Achillea millefolium Pink / White Centre has bright pink flowers with a white centre.
Achillea millefolium 'Soft Pink' is a perennial growing to 60cm with dark green, feathery foliage and heads of mid pink flowers that fade to soft pink.
Achillea millefolium'Christine Pink' is a herbaceous perennial that bears heads soft pink flowers that fade to white.
Achillea millefolium (Red Yarrow) is a graceful perennial wildflower which produces an abundance of huge, flat clusters, 12cm across packed with 20 to 25 red flowers. They are borne on tall stems atop a pleasantly aromatic green fern like foliage that is disease resistant.
Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow) is a graceful perennial wildflower which produces an abundance of huge, flat clusters, 12cm across packed with 20 to 25 creamy white flowers. They are borne on tall stems atop a pleasantly aromatic green fern like foliage that is disease resistant. Both flowers and foliage are attractive and long-lasting, making White Yarrow a wonderful garden plant and a great choice for prairie or meadow plantings.
Achillea millefolium 'Soft Peach' is a herbaceous perennial that bears heads of peach pink flowers that fade to cream.
Achillea millefolium ‘Pineapple Mango’ has an outstanding compact, sturdy and full habit. Large flower clusters start out rich pink, maturing to yellow/salmon and finishing pale primrose yellow.
Achillea millefolium 'Walther Funcke' is a herbaceous perennial that bears heads of brick-red to burnt orange flowers.
Achillea millefolium 'Fireland' has clusters of red flowers fading to shades of orange and yellow.
Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet' deep rose-red selection fades less than older types.
Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels' is a range that has flowers in the soft shades of rose, pink, apricot and cream.
Achillea millefolium 'Summer Berries' is a range that has flowers in shades of white, cream, peach and warm pinks.
Achillea filipendulina (Fern Leafed Yarrow) is a perennial that contains varieties that grow between 60cm to just over a metre tall. Plants bush out with fragrant fern-like foliage to about the same width, making an attractive display even before it blooms. This is a clumping variety that does not spread. The flowers bring in the beneficial insects particularly hoverflies. It makes an excellent dried or cut flower. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Grow Achillea in full sun in well-drained soil, never allow plants to become waterlogged. Divide clumps every three to five years during spring or autumn.
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold' - (Fernleaf Yarrow) is striking statement plant for the summer garden. Growing to around 1.5m those large bright yellow flowers sure stand out plus it has fragrant fern-like foliage. This plant is perfect for dry gardens, cottage gardens and meadow gardens adding an architectural element. Flowers are excellent for adding to floral arrangements.
Achillea filipendulina 'Credo' initial bright yellow colour changes to a strong light yellow and then to creamy white. Height 60cm.
Achillea filipendulina 'Hella Glashoff' has flowers of lemon-yellow flowers which fade to creamy-yellow. Height 60cm.
Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' is a European species of herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the genus Achillea of the daisy family Asteraceae. Informal heads of semi-double pure white pom pom white daisies appear in summer. Similar in habit to gypsophila, it’s perfect for growing in an informal or cottage garden scheme. It makes a wonderful cut and dried flower. It’s particularly attractive to hoverflies. A favourite of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
How to Dry Achillea Flowers
Cut when the flowers are well open but before the oldest flowers on the stem start to show signs of browning. To dry, hang upside down in a warm (not hot) place with good air circulation. Drying too fast at high temperatures can cause browning, but drying too slowly may result in colour loss on the stems and leaves and give a less fresh appearance.
How to Grow from Seed
Sow seeds in autumn or spring. As light aids germination, sprinkle seeds on top of potting mix and lightly cover with soil. Gently water and keep moist not wet. Ideal temperature for germination is 15 to 20C. Germination takes 5 to 10 days. Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of true leaves (which to most people look like its second leaves) and transplant into 10cm pots containing free-draining potting mix and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outside.
Achillea millefolium 'Terracotta' flower colours transform with age, opening a coral pink then changing to a terracotta orange then finally to a warm yellow.
Achillea millefolium ‘Inca Gold’ marmalade coloured flowers which fade through a range of gold to soft lemon as they age.
Achillea millefolium 'Ivory Moon' starts off as a cream colour before changing to ivory white.