Achillea

Achillea

Yarrow

Legend has it that Achilles used this plant to heal his soldiers’ wounds after battle. As a folk remedy, its leaves are prescribed to soothe abrasions and toothache. We find this sturdy, dependable plant the perfect remedy for many design situations. The broad, flat flower heads enhance horizontal elements, their colors blending with other perennials. Spicy smelling, fernlike foliage and strong straight stems add to overall attractiveness. Spreading and drought tolerant, Yarrow seems to thrive on neglect, can handle ocean spray and will bloom again in the fall if cut back in midsummer.

Named for the ivory-white color that the pale yellow flowers turn with age, ‘Alabaster’ blooms late and, with dried seed heads, keeps our interest well into winter. Its form is stiff and upright and its foliage gray-green, making an excellent neighbor for Aster ‘Little Carlow’ or grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Nippon’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> x ‘Coronation Gold’

Throughout the summer, gray-green filigree textured foliage anticipates the autumn reveille. Planted in drifts, the flower heads, composed of tight clusters of tiny florets, form bold slabs of gold, a timely reflection of the harvest moon. Contrast this tall growing Yarrow with Eupatorium purpureum.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A well-loved garden mainstay, this steadfast AGM recipient features dense golden floral plates, rising like harvest moons, on stout upright leafy stems above a handsome pewter green mound of deeply dissected aromatic foliage. Grateful for lean somewhat dry sites, 'Parker’s Variety' asserts a regal stature and richly colored corymbs with complimentary accents amid blue flowering neighbors such as Salvia 'Nekan' or Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud'.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Fireland’

With imposing clusters of fire engine red flowers heightened by prominent saffron yellow eyes and a strong, self-supporting stance, this preeminent German-bred Yarrow has a lot to offer.

Arising from airy and finely cut, grayish green foliage, its stiff, upright stems shoulder a fervid fiesta that continues for months as the blooms age to soft apricot and toasty orange shades, then finally to hushed golden tones.

Blooms June–early August.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

In clear creamy lemon hues, the large flattened umbels are lifted on short and sturdy leafy stems above a lacelike delicacy of green foliage. Later to bloom and not as tall as most of our other Achillea offerings, this softly colored AGM winner is an exemplary choice for smaller gardens, given border frontage and Aster ‘Lutetia’ as a companion.

Blooms September–early November.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Hoffnung’

We are proud to offer this stalwart old favorite. For years, ‘Hoffnung’ has proven itself to be a strong performer, faithfully producing fine textured, feathery green, millefolium foliage and apricot-colored flowers that fade to a sandstone buff. Pair it with Lavandula ‘Imperial Gem’ for complementary bloom color.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Inca Gold’ <i>Achillea</i> ‘Inca Gold’

This truly architectural Yarrow blooms on three different levels. Flowers, ranging in color from rust to sandstone, unfurl from terra-cotta buds at 16, 24 and 30 in. upon a cool backdrop of green fern-like leaves and erect stalks. ‘Inca Gold’ mixes well with the scented foliage of Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ or the cream-colored &#64258;owers of Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’.

Blooms early July–early October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> x <i>kellereri</i>

The silver-gray filigree foliage, sturdy, upright flower stalks and abundant yellow-centered white flowers combine to give this attractive hybrid a crisp, refreshing look. Even on our windy coast, it remains steadfast and lively. In the rock garden, en masse, or contrasted with the bronze blades of Stipa arundinacea or the deep green foliage of Dracocephalum ‘Fuji Blue’, this plant will quickly become a favorite.

Blooms May – September.

Size: 8" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Marmalade’

Just hearing this new, warm-colored Achillea’s name conjures a sweet and satisfying image. Finely dissected, grayish green foliage offsets paprika-toned buds and thick slices of small, individual old-gold florets. Position ‘Marmalade’ next to Kniphofia ‘Patricia Marrow’ and Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ so you can indulge in its rich autumnal shades.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

‘Pretty Belinda’ struts lovely flat-topped dense flower clusters in vibrant lilac and pink hues on steady straight stems. Finely incised feather-like foliage cloaks an aromatic tidy green foundation that is more compact, more upright and shorter than most millefolium cultivars. This long summer bloomer won’t need staking, entices butterflies and brings colorful good looks to Lavenders, Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ and Salvia ‘Sweet Esmeralda’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea millefolium</i> ‘Red Velvet’

Applauded as the best of the red Achilleas, this Yarrow's signature is its splendid horizontal mass of velvet-rich dark rosy red flowers. Tall resilient stalks clad in fine textured gray-green foliage bolster full flashy heads that last all summer and refuse to fade. Dutch bred 'Red Velvet' can harmonize with Sanguisorba 'Red Thunder' and Monarda 'Jacob Cline' for sumptuous color echoes.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

For its dense, sizeable heads of elegantly layered, bright creamy white flowers, this sterling Achillea earns the namesake ‘Moon Pagoda’. Never fading to murky grays, the bold display opens from soft yellow buds supported by strong, branching stems and a green base.

Straight-up ‘Mondpagode’ is a highly touted, AGM victor that always behaves, and dignifies the border with Sedum ‘Matrona’ by its side.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Paprika’

Similar to the seasoning, this vigorous Galaxy hybrid flavors the garden with a distinctive red snappiness. The large flattened heads showcase gilded eyes, their bright rubescent coloring eventually fading to a deep pink hue, while delicate-looking green-gray foliage provides a tidy tranquil counterpoint. Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ heightens the recipe.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Sawa Sawa’

An attractive gray-green foundation of airy, fine textured foliage furnishes russet-tinted buds, which are held in dense, flat flower heads. Eventually paling to soft yellow, the earthy orange hues turn on the heat for Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’s cool violet-blues in our garden.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

This hard working hybrid Yarrow has plenty to brag about: dazzling deep golden flower heads wielded atop an upstanding, compact bushy foundation of handsomely arranged stalks and delicate-looking feather fine silver-green foliage. Springing from an Achillea filipendulina and Achillea ptarmica cross that was introduced in 1987 by Longwood Gardens in collaboration with the National Arboretum, Achillea x schwellenberg proposes additional attributes such as copious blooms, no self-seeding and enough pluck to thrive just about anywhere, including the humid southeast.

Blooms June-August

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Taygetea (cream form)’

Making its way from the Middle East to England in 1640, this refined form first caught our eye at Bernwode Plants, a small nursery in England.Making its way from the Middle East to England in 1640, this refined form first caught our eye at Bernwode Plants, a small nursery in England.

Large finely feathered broad leaves, bathed in hushed silvery greens, compose a sturdy well-groomed clump that looks impeccable all season. Luminous umbels of clustered pale cream flowers bloom later and longer than most Yarrows, affording a welcome place for the eye to rest amid the lush greens and more boisterous blooms associated with summer.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Woolly, narrow, and finely feathered, small gray-green leaves knit a tidy, low growing mat that is both attractive and extremely drought tolerant. Tightset, flat clusters of perky lemon yellow flowers perch on 6 to 10 in. stems above dense soft-looking foliage. Championed as a choice candidate for clambering about the rockery, filling in small crannies, or edging a path, this tenacious charmer can pal around with Scutellaria ‘Texas Rose’, though it resents hot humid weather.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 6" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

True to its German heritage, this cross between millefolium and ‘Taygetea’ is strong and sturdy. Its large brick-red flowers contrast beautifully with the gray-green foliage.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Achillea</i> ‘Weser River Sandstone’

A cozy mélange of buff, creamy rose and deep antique pink distinguishes this lovely cultivar named after the German river that flows to the North Sea. Atop deeply feathered green leaves and staunch stems, the multicolored display is marked by light centered individual florets, lending a feminine flair to companions like Aster ‘Lutetia’ or Eryngium ‘Blaukappe’.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Amazing Achilleas, Invigorate your summer plantings!

Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

Invigorate your summer plantings.… A few simple maintenance techniques will help plants appear fresh throughout the upcoming dog days of summer. The addition of a chipped bark mulch or well-rotted compost, applied as a top-dressing, not only reduces water requirements, but generally makes it easier for plants to maintain perky looking leaves and vigorous habits. A July or early August trimming of long-blooming perennials, such as Nepetas and most Geraniums ensures myriad flowers that will keep on coming ‘til the first frost. Featured in this newsletter, you’ll find the fabulous plants that caught my eye as Boobah and I took our morning walk through the nursery and adjacent display borders this past week. Hopefully, you’ll have room to ensconce several of them in a well-traveled spot. Happy Digging!

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