Achillea 'Summer Pastels'
18th July 2010
I have been developing some new herbaceous plantings in the garden in the last couple of years
and it has given me the chance to re-visit some genera that I haven't grown for decades.
Rather like a child in a sweetshop I want one of everything, and I know that it will result in
an awful speckled appearance but I have justified it by saying that I am "trialling" plants under new conditions!
Hopefully there will be a good mix of successes and failures so that the variety is thinned out a bit
in the coming years.
This Achillea went in to represent the whole genus (it was cheap). I think it is
a seed mix rather than a cultivar so the colour can't be relied on.
I have been very pleased, it is vigorous and impressive in its season. The only drawback is that it
has been grazed to the ground by rabits on a couple of occasions but I think I can arrange unobtrusive protection.
(I have considered hiring a Polar Bear to stalk the gardens at night but have settled for a few twigs and some netting.
It isn't as interesting but it is a lot more practical. A Polar Bear might wander off anyway.)