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Achillea Anthea


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Great for wildlife
May - September
80cm x 50cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy
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Achillea Anthea is just perfect for someone that wants to evoke a graceful wild garden theme that flowers for an exceptionally long period of time. 

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This Achillea is characterised by its memorable umbels of flat soft yellow flower heads that rise above the soft feathery silver foliage, it will produce generous clusters of these saucer shaped flowers and will enhance any cottage garden border. This versatile plant with an exceptionally long flowering period from May to September.  Achillea Anthea will certainly brighten up any border whilst offering the pollinators a much-needed energy boost with its easily accessible nectar. A truly amazing planting combination in any garden would be with some dark foliage plants such as grasses to give a real prairie feel along and then try mixing in some purples, blue and violets which contrast beautifully with the silver feathery foliage This fully hardy perennial is delightful in a wide selection of gardens. Its versatile aesthetic will Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens, Mediterranean Gardens or containers or low maintenance spaces. The compact height makes it ideal for under planting in your flower beds to add depth and texture Anthea once established will require a light prune to remove any spent flower heads to encourage new blooms to appear and it is a glorious impactful plant to add your garden that adds flowers to your space from May right through until September.

Planting Conditions

Achillea likes any position in the garden with a full level of sun and will survive slightly sheltered or exposed positions, will grow well in moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate all most any soil type so is a good bet for any garden.

Watering & Feeding

Achillea can get all the moisture they need from rainfall so extremely low maintenance if planted into your flowerbeds. Often, intense heat in high Summer months would be the only time they would require an extra watering. Whilst establishing we recommend regular watering if your plant is placed in a pot or container. The best way to fertilise this particular perennial is to mulch annually in Springtime with a generous layer of well-rotted manure or garden compost of around 2-3 inches and to grow in moderately light, fertile soil which is well drained.

General Care

For perfect flower power, it is advisable to remove spent flowers once they fade and your will be encouraged to continue producing its impactful blooms right through the summer months. Don’t forget that perennials can be cut back quite hard if needed but a light prune between May and September will encourage more of the beautiful landing pads for those bees. Pests to look out for are those nasty aphids and can be susceptible to powdery mildew.