A Gardener’s Guide to the Yellow Yarrow
The Yellow Yarrow is an attractive, easy to handle plant with bright yellow blooms it makes an attractive addition to most gardens, and their ease of care make them a great starter flower for the novice gardener. If you are looking for an easy way to add some flare to your garden, or are simply looking to suggest a plant for your clumsy friend or family member, this article will provide you with a fair amount of information about the lovely Yellow Yarrow.
As the name would suggest, this particular type of Yarrow boasts bright yellow flowers. In addition to the pretty, but flat flowers, the Yellow Yarrow also has incredibly small, fragrant leaves. These leaves are fernlike and grow quickly in large amounts.
Because of their attractiveness, this type of Yarrow is a prized commodity among people that like to make dried flower arrangements. The blooms lend themselves easily to this hobby, and are able to withstand the lack of moisture and handling.
There are actually more than one type of Yellow Yarrows; four to be exact. The tallest varieties include the Gold Plate and the Coronation Gold. They both grow between 3 and 4 ft in height and are the brightest yellow types of the 4.
The Moonshine type is slightly shorter, averaging a mature height of 2 ft. Although the flowers are a paler shade of yellow, this Yarrow lends itself well to edging flower beds and accenting cottage gardens.
Wooly Yarrow is prized for its ability to be used as a ground cover. The shortest of all of these Yarrows, the Wooly Yarrow is unique in that although it is shorter and smaller, the blooms are just as large as the biggest varieties. In addition to this, the leaves tend to be fuzzier, hence its name, and the additional fuzz makes it appear whiter on the leaf area.
Growing Requirements and Tips
In order to get the most out of your Yarrow, there are a few things you should keep in mind when planting them and caring for them. It is important that you give them full sun, but equally important that they have plenty of room to grow and spread out.
While you may be tempted to give your new plant plenty of great soil, you will actually be doing yourself a great disservice. Like nasturtiums, these ground covering plants do the best in poor to average soil quality. While they will certainly survive in good soil, you will not see many blooms.
Therefore, when creating an area or a bed for these plants, you should plant them in areas that are rich in sand and other dried out materials such as peat moss and leaves. No not fertilize them under any circumstance.
Benefits of This Plant
The Yellow Yarrow is a great addition to almost any garden for many reasons. Aside from its ease of care and general hardiness it actually serves many purposes for you and your plants. These flowers are actually great at protecting your entire garden. If you have plants in your garden that are particularly vulnerable, planting these in the vicinity will help to repel most insects and even deer.
This plant is also used in several different home remedies that have been around for many, many years. Historically, the blooms were used to help treat toothaches, bleeding wounds, and even upset stomachs and menstrual cramps. Herbalists and naturists alike will delight in the many uses this plant can provide. Recipes for several of these home remedies are available online.