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My front lawn is full of yarrow because it is a dry sandy slope. Other people get moss, I get yarrow. I tried to get rid of it when I first moved to my house but have long since given up the battle. I now just mow it with the rest of the grass. At least it still looks green in mid summer when the grass has gone yellow.
I buy ornamental yarrow in assorted colours for my borders but also have the wild form growing happily in a partciularly dry patch of grass. I leave it uncut and it flowers on short stems and attracts a host of insects such as bees and hoverflies. Good stuff.
Totally agree with previous comments. Yarrow, in all it's wonderful colours is a brilliant plant for any garden both for its look and its support of wildlife. This was a strange subject to label as 'a problem.'
Yarrow seeds came in a mixed seed packet given to friends as a funeral token. I put the seeds in the garden - loved the bachelor buttons and flax, but the yarrow... omg, it has gone rampant and mixed in w the roots of the roses and lavender. Hoeing is the only option it seems to keep it somewhat controlled. It looks nice blooming w the roses, but think the garden is stuck with it. Live and learn.
The new GW has a leaflet with an offer from Claire Austin, including an Achillea 'Terracotta' - it looks gorgeous - I'm very tempted
Perhaps not horsetail.
The article lost me when it called yarrow a weed! It is good to see the comments hitting out at Gardener's world about advocating the use of harmful chemicals which damage the soil and the water tables for many, many years. I stopped taking Gardener's world magazine because of this issue and sadly, may have to stop logging into the site. As has already been mentioned, yarrow is a most beneficial plant for insects and a very useful herb which was used by the Romans to stop bleeding.
Until we start working with nature rather than against it, we will be heading down a road to destruction. And don't even get me started on Monsanto, that villainous company!
thank goodness I found these comments. I did a web search because I wanted to find out what variety of Yarrow I had and all the results returned pages to deal with the "problem". I have had garden for five years, it was a plant-less desert, in that time I have finally managed to create a beautiful wild flower area. I have Yarrow and clover in my lawn and fail to understand how that is not better than grass? It is greener, does actually look nicer and is far more beneficial to nature - as per all the comments above. I have learnt so much by reading this forum, and don't get me started on the use of slug pellets....
The flowers of "posh" yarrow such as achillea summer pastels and terracotta can be dried and used in winter arrangements. It fades slightly but looks very beautiful.
Me too SazzaF. I have lots of clover. The "lawn" on one side is full of moss, even though about half of it was put down to posh new turf my sister had left over after redoing her garden. However, the other side is very nice and lots of white clover. It was suggested to me to introduce clover to help with moss, so this is what I've done. I too find it difficult to understand some of the items listed as to be trouble for a lawn, when I am also planting them in wild flower patches. I have just posted on another thread as I had read some "bad press" about one of the seeds included in some of the wild flower mix I had used.
If it wasn't for the extras my 'lawn' would be brown through the summer. Thank goodness for wildflowers.
I've grown Yarrow from seed this year and have several young plants coming along nicely in the greenhouse. They have such lovely and unusual foliage