Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer and Autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Achillea are upright perennial plants that are native to northern regions of Asia, Europe and North America. Attractive clumps of foliage are formed with an abundance of simple fern-like leaves and flattened daisy-like flower heads that flourish throughout summer and autumn. Some varieties will also provide a divine aromatic fragrance. Achillea are best located in flower beds and borders within cottage and informal garden settings or alternatively used as cut flowers. You should expect to see your plants grow to an approximate height of 80cm (32”) and a spread of 40cm (16”).
Achillea are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun where they will thrive to optimum effect. Achillea are best planted in the spring - use a garden fork to tease and loosen the soil, digging around 30-38cm (12-15”) deep. Apply a layer of compost and mix in well, spacing your plants 30cm (12”) apart. Water thoroughly once in place to settle the soil.
Every spring, apply a layer of mulch alongside a thin layer of compost. Ensure that you water your plants regularly if there has been minimal rainfall. Deadhead spent flower heads to extend the flowering period for the following season. During autumn, cut Achillea to ground level unless you wish to leave flower heads over the winter to create interest.
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