A colourful hero

When Pentana Solutions asked us to create a social, relaxing space for their staff to enjoy we knew that happy colours were key to achieving this goal.  

Presenting a mosaic of warm colours, Achillea ‘Terracotta’ was an obvious choice for the planting list. With its masses of long-lasting clusters of peachy yellow flowers fading to a straw colour, this eye-catching beauty easily enlivens any sunny corner of the garden.

Its pleasantly aromatic, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers. Blooming with gorgeous colour for weeks from early to late summer.

Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook edition 2 - Achillea Terracotta plant file

Achillea is among the best perennials for planting in hot, dry and sunny locations.

Aside from its good looks, Achillea are easy to care for, are drought, heat and rabbit tolerant and are experts at attracting butterflies to your garden!

The plant thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well drained soils. Light shade is tolerated but maximum colouring and flowering is obtained in full sun. It is always best to avoid rich, moist soils which would cause your Achillea to get floppy or leggy.

The Achillea plant is also valued for the excellent quality of its cut flowers, whether in bouquets or dried flower arrangements.

Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook edition 2 - Achillea Terracotta plant file

Achillea, commonly known as Yarrow, belongs to the Asteraceae family, which also includes asters, chrysanthemums and sunflowers. They were named after Achilles, hero of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology, who used the plant to stop the bleeding and heal the wounds of his soldiers.

Brightening the garden throughout the summer, this perennial plant is versatile, easy to propagate and available in a wide range of sizes and colours. The plant can grows up to 90cm tall and spread 45-60cm in sturdy, upright clumps, so make sure to site this carefully or plan to reduce the clumps each spring.

We recommend trimming back hard after the first flush of bloom to maintain a compact habit. Deadheading will extend the bloom season and cutting back after initial flowering will promote a rebloom.

If you are looking for a happy hero in your garden, Terracotta Achillea is a perfect pick.