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Achilleas like the sun and will put up with most soils and situations except for heavy, wet clay in winter.  This plant comes from the daisy family and is a traditional plant usually found in borders with other sun-loving perennials. And what's more achilleas' are incredibly butterfly friendly.

 

You will need to protect achilleas from slugs although this only tends to be a problem in early spring when new shoots emerge from the soil. I don't tend to stake mine but if you worry that they will flop over you may need to but do this before the flowers appear.

 

You can cut achilleas back after their first flowering to encourage a secondary flowering. Old clumps can be revived by lifting, splitting and replanting in spring. Achillea plants tend to spread at a steady rate and will die back during the winter but remember these are hardy plants. Divide in the autumn or spring.

Achillea filipendulina 'Coronation Gold' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Bright gold, large, flat flowerheads with grey-green aromatic foliage. Tolerates a wide variety of conditions but prefers full sun in well-drained fertile soil. Flowers between July and September. Will grow to around 90cm tall and can spread to 45cm.

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Achillea millefolium 'Rose Madder' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Soft rose-pink flowers from June to July with repeat flowers usually until November. Best in full sun in

well-drained soil. Dislikes very wet. Grows to a height  of 70cm with a spread of 1m. Dies back in winter. Hardy.

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Achillea 'Moonshine' £4.00

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Bright yellow flowers are complimented by silvery-green ferny leaves. Flowers from June to September.  Grows in well-drained, dry soil and forms clumps quickly. Requires full sun. Add grit to clay soils. Grows to about 60cm tall with a spread of 60cm. After three years may need to be replaced through cuttings.

Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet' £3.75

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Heads of pure red dashed with yellow middles adorn this achillea during the months of July to September. Over time these may darken to a crimson colour. Will grow to around 60cm tall with a spread of 50cm and has aromatic fern-like foliage. Needs good soil and full sun.

Achillea 'Lucky Break' £3.75

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Large flat heads of creamy-yellow flowers. Starts off a custard colour, then lightens. Flowers between June and August. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Will grow to around 60cm tall and can spread to 1m.