The buzz word for the last few years has been ‘pollinators’ and this plant will certainly encourage pollinators into your garden. Its open flat flower heads form the perfect landing platform for attracting birds, bees, hoverflies and butterflies and Achillea is a known host plant for the Painted Lady butterfly. Beautiful!

Each week I write about a plant that I work with either in a client’s garden or my own or have spotted whilst out and about visiting gardens or on my travels. This plant is currently being adored in my own home garden in North-East London in a very sunny spot in my south-facing back garden, these plants love to be in full sun. The flattened, rosy-red flower heads are exquisite held up on upright stems above aromatic fern-like blue-green foliage throughout summer. The flower heads remind me of old lace.

Botanical name: Achillea millefolium ‘Peggy Sue’
Other names: Yarrow
Genus: Achillea
Variety or cultivar: ‘Peggy Sue’ is a compact, bushy, deciduous to semi-evergreen perennial with finely-divided, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing dense, flattened clusters of deep red flowers in summer and early autumn.
Achillea millefolium is: Deciduous
Flower: Dark-red in Summer; Dark-red in Autumn
Foliage: Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn
Habit: Bushy, Compact, Erect flower stem
Garden care: Protect from slugs. Stake using twiggy stems before the flowers appear. Cut back after first flowering to encourage secondary flush in late summer/early autumn. Old clumps can be revived by lifting, splitting and replanting in spring.

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme in your garden, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

Happy gardening!