Achillea often start as a gardener's favourite perennials and end up on the rubbish heap. They just can't seem to shake their weed status - even the richly coloured ones.

 Achillea Feuerland.
terracotta achillea in mixed border

I was so impressed with my first serious Achillea purchase - a hybrid called 'Terracotta'. I ordered in three specimens from a mail order nursery - I wanted the instant effect of a larger clump, and if I wasn't satisfied I was determined to remove all three to one of my rubbish heaps.

A great performer...

This Achillea really performed well in those early years. before the trees became too shady. The colour was stunning. It was planted in a hot spot in the Hen House Garden where fresh air can freely circulate, and has thrived with little attention.

 Growing among the roses.
Red and Bright Pink Achillea Hybrids

Then I bought a variety called Moonlight, from a plant stand at an open garden. But I quickly became disenchanted. I'd seen it in photographs looking absolutely beautiful, but in my garden it just looked dirty. I realised that I definitely prefer stronger colours, like bright pinks and reds. Then they didn't look so much like paddock weeds...

 A colourful summer flowering perennial.
Red Achillea

Achillea has the common name Yarrow, and yes, the species is a weed. Along the grass verges in my neighbourhood, and in the paddocks, you'll see white and pink yarrow definitely being weedy!