How To Grow Yarrow – Achillea Coronation Gold

How To Grow Yarrow Achillea Coronation Gold

Yarrow comes in many colors ranging from magenta to red to orange to yellow and beyond. Yellow yarrow is an eye-catcher in the drought tolerant garden with fern-like blue-green foliage that sets off the golden yellow flower umbels. Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’Β  has been one of my favorite varieties due to its tough nature and love for hard-to-grow hot spots in the garden. It is a great water saver and wonderful planted in xeric gardens. At almost any time of its 4 to 5 week bloom period you can find the achillea plants dancing with butterflies and pollinators. Yarrow is excellent perennials that can be used as a cut or dried flower and holds its color after it is dried.

How To Grow Yarrow

  • Remarkably tolerant of drought, heat, and humidity; yarrow is perfect for a hot and dry site. It prefers extremely well drained soil.
  • Plant in full sun whenever possible (although I have a couple plants in shade that flower less, but still do well). Wear gloves when planting as many people suffer from itchy skin from the ferny yarrow leaves.
  • Yarrow spreads, although it is not overly invasive. Consider planting it with plenty of space to stretch it’s shoulders.
  • Over fertilization can cause a floppy plant, so fertilize lightly with an organic fertilizer or not at all.
  • Dead-head spent blooms to extend its blooming period.
  • Typically likes to be divided in spring or fall every 4 years or so, or anytime it becomes overcrowded.

Color Wheel

Design Tips –

Design tips for yarrow include planting them with contrasting colors on the color wheel for a real pop of color in the garden. For example, in the below photo you see yellow yarrow in front of a purplish nepeta. They are opposites on the color wheel (see right).

Yellow yarrow mixed in amongst oranges and reds make a more harmonious, but equally beautiful display. When you blend perennials together that have bloom colors that reside on the same side of the color wheel, it contrasts less and blends a bit more.

Yarrow also looks amazing in monochromatic gardens that are all one color. For example, you could plant ‘Coronation Gold’ in with other yellow blooming plants for a seasonal display of all yellow.

Try planting a taller plant behind yarrow, then yarrow in the middle, and a groundcover in front for a “short, medium, tall” pattern in a perennial bed and border. Enjoy Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’; a lovely pollinator plant as it blooms through the middle of summer attracting butterflies and bees in waves.

How To Grow Yarrow Achillea Coronation Gold 2

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  • Reply
    Donna@Gardens Eye View
    June 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I adore yarrow as do the pollinators and it has a rich history as a native plant with medicinal purposes.

    • Reply
      Shawna Coronado
      June 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Indeed. It can be a wonderful color accent as well. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Teresa Marie
    June 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Sadly I have never had success with yarrow . Although I keep trying πŸ™‚
    Teresa Marie
    Teresa’ Garden Song

    • Reply
      March 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Did you try in a really hot full sun exposure spot. Mine can not stop spreading they are surviving in the Texas hot heat in full sun (+8 hours) that may be it – They do take almost 3 whole months to get fully established.

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