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Yarrow


Achillea selections

Yarrow

Yarrow is one of those plants that give a wildflower look to any garden. In fact, it is indeed a native plant and, predictably, it's easy to care for. In some gardens, it will thrive with almost no care, making it a good candidate for naturalistic plantings in open areas and along the edges of wooded or other wild places.

Its colorful, flat-top blooms rise above clusters of ferny foliage. The tough plants resist drought, are rarely eaten by deer and rabbits, and spread moderately quickly, making yarrow a good choice for massing in borders or as a groundcover. If deadheaded after its first flush of blooms fade, yarrow will rebloom. If left to dry on the plant, flower clusters of some types provide winter interest. Flowers of yarrow are excellent either in fresh or dried arrangements.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
3-10
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
6-60 inches tall
Plant Width:
18-36 inches wide
Flower Color:
Red, yellow, gold, pink, or white flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms spring, summer, and fall depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Achillea millefolium 'Appleblossom' is a fast-spreading plant with pale pink blooms and grayish-green feathery leaves. Zones 3-9
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Achillea millefolium 'Apricot Delight' bears reddish, apricot-color blooms that fade to lovely shades of peachy coral as they age. The long-blooming flowers form on compact plants. Zones 3-9
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Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' produces pretty, magenta-pink blooms in late spring to early summer that hover over fernlike green foliage. Zones 3-9
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Achillea 'Coronation Gold' is a fern-leaf type with yellow flowers that are good for drying on 3-foot-tall stems. It forms mounds of ferny gray foliage. Zones 3-9.
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Achillea filipendulina offers finely cut gray-green foliage and reaches 3-5 feet tall. It bears mustard-yellow flowers in mid- to late summer. Zones 3-9
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Achillea 'Moonshine' is an adaptable plant that bears pale yellow blooms on silvery-gray foliage. It forms spreading mounds to 2 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' blooms in brilliant scarlet red with a distinctive yellow eye. With age the flowers take on a pink hue. The plant blooms all summer if deadheaded. Zones 3-9
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Achillea millefolium 'Pink Grapefruit' is a compact, vigorous plant with large domed flowers that open deep pink and slowly change to creamy rose. Zones 3-9
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Achillea millefolium 'Strawberry Seduction' shows off velvety-red blooms with bright gold centers that fade to maize-yellow as they age. Zones 3-9
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Achillea tomentosa 'Lemon' bears clear yellow flowers in early summer that appear over the 6-inch-tall foliage that's covered in soft, silvery hairs. Zones 4-8
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Plant It With
Daylily

The spiky leaves of daylily provide a dramatic contrast to the ferny foliage of yarrow. Both are tough plants for hot, sunny locations.

Penstemon

Like yarrow, penstemon performs best in well-drained soil in a sunny location. The long spires of tubular beard tongue flowers pair nicely with the mounded form of yarrow.

Salvia

The deep blue and purple blooms of perennial salvia look great with gold, yellow, pink or apricot-colored yarrows.

Propagation
Division
Stem Cuttings