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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!