Yarrow is available in many special shades. It’s not only the beautiful colours that makes it popular, it’s also admired for its form. Most varieties bloom until September, allowing you a very long time to enjoy your yarrow. It looks quite magical to see it when there’s been a frost, makes a beautiful winter picture.
Typical of the family of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is the discolouration of the older flowers. The flowers gradually turn lighter in colour, sometimes even pure white. Because there are continually new flowers opening the different colours that you often see on the plant gives it a very special effect. Yarrow can be found in almost every colour, from yellow to purple, bright colours to soft pastel shades. So wherever you choose to plant a yarrow in your garden or border you know that there is always a colour available for that spot.
Yarrow feels at home here
Yarrow grows best in full sun and moderately moist to dry well-drained soil that is not too rich. If you want to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible, after the first flowering deadhead the faded yarrow flowers to encourage a second flowering. Some breeds tend to droop so that the stems fall over during the summer. You can prevent this by combining the yarrow with other plants that provide the support they need. It is recommended that every few years the plant is divided to keep a healthy and vigorous growth. Provide well-drained soil. `The soil should not be too wet, especially in winter, it may cause the plants to rot.
Perfect cut flower
Yarrow looks very beautiful in bouquets, but is also a perfect flower for drying. If cutting the flowers for an arrangement, cut them in the morning and place them in a bucket of lukewarm water. Before arranging them give them a further cut and add some flower food to the water. If you are planning to dry them, pick them on a dry, sunny day when the flowers are in full bloom. All varieties of yarrow are suitable for drying.