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I bought a terracotta yarrow especially to place in my wild flower bed.
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!
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

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.


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

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 

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.
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.

Perhaps not horsetail. 

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 ?

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 

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