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Achillea ‘Peter Cottontail’


£20.00 £17.00
Great for wildlife
May - September
50cm x 70cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

On our nursery, we love Achillea ‘Peter Cottontail’ for its easy care and stunning clusters of white blooms that offer landing pads to attract pollinators. Ideal for cut flowers, this versatile perennial looks great in borders or containers, especially when paired with English Lavender or Salvia. Plant it in sunny spots to enhance your garden with its long-lasting beauty from May to September.

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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 bloom in your garden from May to September. 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 (Gypsophila) 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 rabbits. 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

Achillea 'Peter Cottontail' thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sunlight exposure, making it an excellent addition to sunny garden beds or borders. Before planting, ensure the soil is enriched with organic matter and free from any weeds. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, and place the plant at the same depth as it was in the pot. Gently firm the soil around the plant and water thoroughly. Adequate spacing between plants allows for proper air circulation and prevents overcrowding, promoting healthy growth.

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

Pruning Achillea involves deadheading spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding. Cut back the flower stalks to the basal foliage after the initial bloom to stimulate a second flush of flowers. Achillea is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but occasional checks for aphids or powdery mildew are advisable. Remove any affected foliage promptly. Regular deadheading not only maintains the plant's tidy appearance but also promotes air circulation, reducing the risk of disease. With minimal pruning and deadheading, Achillea remains a low-maintenance and visually stunning addition to any garden.