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ACHILLEA sibirica: ‘Love Parade’ – characteristics and growing conditions

The Yarrows are among the best perennials for planting in hot, dry and sunny locations, providing good colour throughout the summer months. This selection features clusters of soft-pink flowers, held over a bushy clump of dark-green, sawtooth foliage. Excellent for cutting. Remove spent flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Will spread to form a patch, but the habit is not too invasive for the border. Easily divided in fall or early spring. Heat tolerant. Attractive in the border or in mixed tubs and containers.

Delicate clusters of palest pink flowers blanket this tough perennial in early summer. In spring, the clump-forming ‘Love Parade’ sends up upright stems lined with glossy dark green leaves. Its long-lasting flowers are lavender pink when they first open and fade to a dirty white as they age. This hardy and resilient plant will continue to flower into early fall, if regularly deadheaded, and is attractive to butterflies.

Characteristics of Love Parade

– Natural Flowering Period: June – September.
– Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4-8.
– Growth Habit: Clumping.
– Foliage: Very unique, leathery, bright green, cut-leaf foliage.
– Height with Flower: 60 cm (24”).
– Spacing between Plants: 60 cm (24”).

Growing Conditions for Love Parade

– Soil Requirement: Well drained soils, pH 5.8 – 6.8.
– Location: Full Sun.
– Water Requirements : Average Water.
– Best Sowing Dates: Anytime.
– Sowing to Germination: 2 – 3 weeks.
– Germination to Transplant: 4 – 8 weeks.
– Transplanting to Salable Plant: 6 – 10 weeks.
– Cutting-Back at Transplanting: Cut back 1-2 times; once at transplanting; once again 4 weeks later to keep more compact.

Landscape Uses

Plant yarrows in the formal or informal border with other summer blooming meadow plants such as Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Chrysanthemum, Gaillardia, Platycodon and Monarda. Yarrows are excellent for cutting and drying. Pick yarrows for drying when they have good color but before they start to turn brown.

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