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ACHILLEA THESE pretty, fragile-looking perennials fit in many garden settings. Their wispy, feathery green leaves make an attractive foil for other border plants, while their flat, plate-like flower clusters come in a vast array of colours from whites and creams, to yellows, pinks and crimsons. Most achilleas are drought-tolerant, preferring a sunny spot, and will flower from May to August. Some of the taller varieties need staking and can be invasive, so check with your garden centre or nursery before buying. Good varieties include 'Moonshine', with its sulphur-yellow flowers and grey-green foliage. It combines well with blue flowers like those of delphiniums or salvia x superba. Later-flowering varieties include A. ageratum 'WB Childs', with white flowers, while 'Coronation Gold', a yellow type, grows to 90cm (36in) tall and may need staking in exposed borders.

Achilleas should be lifted and divided every three years or so, in autumn or spring. Cut back tatty foliage in March to encourage new shoots.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2010
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