Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'
This berry-red achillea keeps it colour, darkening with time to loganberry red - drift it through silver plants and it will glow like candlelit rubies on a necklace
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained, non acidic
- Rate of Growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The flattened, rosy-red flowerheads are held on upright stems above the aromatic fern-like foliage throughout summer. This cultivar is said to have a good resistance to colour fade. Best in full sun in the middle rank of the border. Achilleas will attract many beneficial insects including bees, butterflies and hoverflies to the garden.
- Garden care: Protect from slugs. Stake using twiggy stems before the flowers appear. Cut back after first flowering to encourage secondary flush in late summer/early autumn. Old clumps can be revived by lifting, splitting and replanting in spring.
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