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24/11/2011 at 15:29
I bought a terracotta yarrow especially to place in my wild flower bed.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
Yarrow doesn't cause any problems in my lawn. I love it. It is a really useful wild plant. It has amazing medicinal properties and can be used to make a tea to spray plants against fungal diseases. I use yarrow tea as a cold/flu remedy and it usually stops any infection in its tracks. Come on Gardeners' World, let's not destroy these useful plants. Tell us what we can do with them!
17/05/2012 at 10:14
I agree totally Amanda-Plant. Gardeners World seems to have become
much more "Roundup Ready" since the days of Geoff Hamilton for some reason.

His writing on weeds and weed control is well worth revisiting.
e.g. "Successful Organic Gardening" from 1987
17/05/2012 at 14:44

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.

17/05/2012 at 18:14

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.

29/04/2013 at 18:49
You can stop sending me your news letter. i find that your system of systemic poisons and complete disregard for the herbs so beneficial to health and completely treated by you as nuisance only , leaves me speechless.
your wanting to dominate the earth is no longer a feesible action, and lacks the nurturing aspect which is todays answer to globalisation and the destruction of the soil Patricia Nicholls
07/04/2014 at 10:20

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.'

03/05/2014 at 14:02

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.

03/05/2014 at 14:15

The new GW has a leaflet with an offer from Claire Austin, including an Achillea 'Terracotta' - it looks gorgeous - I'm very tempted 

31/07/2014 at 15:17
This is ridiculous. Yarrow is a beautiful plant and as you say an excellent source of nectar for bees, hoverflies and other pollinators. We all know how bees are suffering. I have seen virtually no bees in my garden this year. I have yarrow in the borders and it's beautiful. Why battle with so called "weeds"? Learn to love them and welcome this lovely plant.
07/08/2014 at 13:16
What exactly do they mean by "particular problems when it appears in the lawn"? Personally I think that any drought-tolerant flowering plant that attracts bees is far preferable to a piece of shaved turf that needs watering every two minutes.
07/08/2014 at 14:12

Perhaps not horsetail. 

13/08/2014 at 23:06
Yarrow as a weed ? Are you mad ? It is a herb with both beauty and function. This entire article is 10 years out of date. You should be warning against Glyphosate rather than encouraging chemical suppression. Or is this Monsanto at work ?
05/11/2014 at 17:24

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!

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