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Achillea Peter Cottontail


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Great for wildlife
May - September
50cm x 70cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy
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Hopping down the bunny trail, your Peter Cottontail brings all the fun and adventures into your garden borders. A flurry of pure white bunny’s tails will bob about for months on end!

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Achillea Peter Cottontail is a perennial that boasts a profusion of small white button like flowers that are produced over low mounds of glossy, dark green foliage which has narrow lance shaped leaves. Peter’s fluffy-tailed blooms will bounce about in your garden for the whole Summer. Achillea is a versatile plant with exceptionally long flowering periods from early Summer to the first signs of Autumn.   Peter Cottontail resembles baby’s breath (Gypsohila) with small button like flowers of pure white and is prized for its exceptional long flower season and easy-care habit whilst offering resistance to the rabbits having breakfast. This Achillea will most certainly brighten up any garden throughout the Summer months, it is fully hardy and suitable for a wide selection of garden designs. Its versatile aesthetic will brighten any Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens, Rock Gardens, Mediterranean Gardens and if you are naturalising any area, it is almost a vital addition. The compact height makes it ideal for under planting in your flower beds to add depth and texture, whilst also allowing you to protect it from strong winds.

Planting Conditions

Achilleas like 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 almost 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 due its tolerance of drought conditions. 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 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 Achillea 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.