A stunning form of achillea with variable flower colours held simultaneously on lofty stems to create a sunset of colour. Opening as fiery-orange and fading to yellow and lemon as the flowerheads age, the combination is highly appealing in most colour schemes and gardens. Also known as Milfoil or Yarrow, achilleas feature a clump of heavily dissected foliage and produce stunning flat-topped plate-like flowering umbels up to 10cm in diameter on long elegant stems to 60cm. An essential plant for our long summers, achilleas flower for two months and, if deadheaded as flowers age, will continue to flower well into autumn.
Achilleas prefer a position in full sun in a free-draining soil. Tolerant of poor soils, drainage is paramount, so incorporate grit and raise beds to improve drainage if necessary. Water periodically throughout summer for optimal growth and flowering, although plants will tolerate drought once established. Avoid waterlogged soils. Do not over-fertilise as achilleas may show reduced flowering in highly fertile soils. Cut back spent flower stems to induce repeat flowering. Tolerant of frost. Dislikes humidity. Cut back in winter to a low clump to encourage fresh spring growth.