Achillia Moonshine (Yarrow)
Evergreen, award-winning Achillea 'Moonshire' is highly prized by gardeners for its pleasantly aromatic, silver-green feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, bright lemon yellow umbel flowers. We would consider this a vital ingredient of herbaceous borders, cottage country gardens or prairies, this Yarrow typical blooms in late spring to late summer and puts on a beautiful display of colour.
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Position: full sun
Soil: well-drained, including dry soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: Summer periods to September
Hardiness: fully hardy
This stunning yarrow will help liven up a sunny border or gravel garden with its large, flattened clusters of canary-yellow flowers. More resistant to flopping over than most other Achilleas, it rarely needs staking and is long-flowering as well as drought-tolerant. The bright colouring of 'Moonshine' makes it a perfect partner for ornamental grasses - and the flowers look great when cut and added to a vase.
Garden care: Cut down to the ground in late winter, but resist the urge to do this earlier, as the seed heads look lovely in the winter light. Pull out seedlings as they appear, as they rarely match the host plant. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring.