As a popular, easy-to-grow perennial, Achillea Desert Eve Red Yarrow will grow in nearly any sunny spot and in nearly any type of soil. Early spring produces a fern type foliage with early summer producing stems of flowers. Achillea Desert Eve Red is an excellent choice for cut flowers, whether dry or fresh. When the blooms begin to fade, remove them as soon as possible to promote new blooms throughout the growing season. Yarrow can spread quite quick so be sure to split and/or reduce clumps in early spring. You can also cut them back to the ground after the first bloom so as to keep the plant compact. Once they are established, this is a great plant for high heat and drought areas.
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Desert Eve Red
Select a site with full sun and very well-drained soil. Yarrow thrives in hot, dry conditions and low soil fertility, but won’t tolerate wet soils.
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Daylily – The spiky leaves of daylily provide a dramatic contrast to the ferny foliage of yarrow. Both are tough plants for hot, sunny locations.
Penstemon – Like yarrow, penstemon performs best in well-drained soil in a sunny location. The long spires of tubular beard tongue flowers pair nicely with the mounded form of yarrow.
Salvia – The deep blue and purple blooms of perennial salvia look great with gold, yellow, pink or apricot-colored yarrows.