Achillea (Yarrow) is a perennial garden standby, and there's good reason for it, too. Yarrow is long blooming and comes in all kinds of delicious colors; it has beautiful scented, fern-like foliage; it's slug and deer resistant; it's drought resistant; it's not a bit fussy about soil; and it also makes lovely fresh and dried flower arrangements. And, for all Yarrow gives, it asks very little in return. And one more thing.... The name "Achillea" comes from the fact that Achilles used this Old World plant for healing his soldiers' wounds. The leaves and juices are still used today for their medicinal and healing properties.
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
I used to take this native Yarrow for granted: it isn't one of the showy colors one sees in garden centers, and it is seen so frequently that some might consider it weedy. It led me to ask, why would one want so "lowly a creature" in a refined flower garden? I found out I was so wrong when one appeared in my rock garden out of nowhere; now I am able to see that this common yarrow is not so common after all. Its feathery, green foliage and large white flower clusters are uncommonly beautiful. It's amazing how much more desirable it is without all the road dust and without competition from taller and more aggressive wildflowers. This hardy native grows from two to three feet in sun. Zones 3-8. Quarts.