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Yarrow

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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.

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Under 6 inches to 8 feet

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18-36 inches wide

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3-10

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Anthea yarrow
Anthea yarrow
Achillea 'Anblo' is a hybrid yarrow that bears 3-inch-wide clusters of soft primrose-yellow blooms that fade to cream. The plant has silvery-gray foliage and is resistant to powdery mildew, making it a good choice for regions with high humidity. It grows 18-24 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-9
'Appleblossom' yarrow
'Appleblossom' yarrow
Achillea millefolium 'Appleblossom' is a fast-spreading plant with pale pink blooms and grayish-green feathery leaves. Zones 3-9
'Apricot Delight' yarrow
'Apricot Delight' yarrow
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
'Cerise Queen' yarrow
'Cerise Queen' yarrow
Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' produces pretty, magenta-pink blooms in late spring to early summer that hover over fernlike green foliage. Zones 3-9
Common yarrow
Common yarrow
Achillea millefolium is a drought-tolerant native plant with ferny green foliage and white flower clusters in summer. It is also deer-resistant and attracts butterflies. The spreading clumps of common yarrow grow 1-3 feet tall. Another common name for the plant is bloodwort, a reference to its historical use as a topical wound dressing. Zones 3-9
'Coronation Gold' yarrow
'Coronation Gold' yarrow
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.
Fernleaf yarrow
Fernleaf yarrow
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
'Moonshine' yarrow
'Moonshine' yarrow
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
'Paprika' yarrow
'Paprika' yarrow
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
'Pink Grapefruit' yarrow
'Pink Grapefruit' yarrow
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
'Pomegranate' yarrow
'Pomegranate' yarrow
Achillea millefolium Tutti Frutti 'Pomegranate' has deep red blooms that hold their color well in the garden. If deadheaded after the first flush of bloom, plants push out additional flowers up until hard freezes in fall. 'Pomegranate' yarrow grows 24-30 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Sneezewort
Sneezewort
Achillea ptarmica has the unfortunate common name of sneezewort or sneezeweed. It is also occasionally called bride flower, a reference to its pure white buttonlike flowers that resemble oversize baby's-breath or tiny carnations. The long-lasting blooms are excellent as cut flowers and may dry naturally on the plant in the garden. Sneezewort grows 15-20 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-8
'Strawberry Seduction' yarrow
'Strawberry Seduction' yarrow
Achillea millefolium 'Strawberry Seduction' shows off velvety-red blooms with bright gold centers that fade to maize-yellow as they age. Zones 3-9
Woolly yarrow
Woolly yarrow
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
'Wonderful Wampee' yarrow
'Wonderful Wampee' yarrow
Achillea millefolium Tutti Frutti 'Wonderful Wampee' blooms from early to late summer with light pink flower clusters that mature to apple-blossom pink. The drought- and heat-tolerant plants don't melt down in summer's heat. 'Wonderful Wampee' grows 18-24 inches tall and wide, gradually spreading to form large clumps. Zones 3-9

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Daylily
Daylilies are so easy to grow you'll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. And yet they look so delicate, producing glorious trumpet-shape blooms in myriad colors. In fact, there are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of flower sizes (the minis are very popular), forms, and plant heights. Some are fragrant.The flowers are borne on leafless stems. Although each bloom lasts but a single day, superior cultivars carry numerous buds on each scape so bloom time is long, especially if you deadhead daily. The strappy foliage may be evergreen or deciduous.Shown above: 'Little Grapette' daylily
Penstemon
This North American native plant has a home in nearly every garden with flowers that hummingbirds love. Long blooming with brilliantly colored, tubular flowers, penstemons -- ironically -- have been a staple in European gardens for decades.There are many different penstemon types. The leaves are lance-shape or oval, sometimes purple-red as in 'Husker Red'. Some Western species need outstanding drainage to dry conditions and won't thrive during wet weather. However, many, such as 'Husker Red', thrive in a wide variety of conditions. Just be sure to provide excellent drainage. Mulch in areas where a type is marginally hardy.
Salvia
There are hundreds of different types of salvias, commonly called sage, but they all tend to share beautiful, tall flower spikes and attractive, often gray-green leaves. Countless sages (including the herb used in cooking) are available to decorate ornamental gardens, and new selections appear annually. They are valued for their very long season of bloom, right up until frost. Not all not hardy in cold climates, but they are easy to grow as annuals. On square stems, clothed with often-aromatic leaves, sages carry dense or loose spires of tubular flowers in bright blues, violets, yellow, pinks, and red that mix well with other perennials in beds and borders. Provide full sun or very light shade, in well-drained average soil.
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