Last year I added Coronation Gold Yarrow to one of my pollinator gardens. So this is the first spring that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing it return after a long winter’s rest. It’s amazing how perennials can look so dead during winter – with every leaf dropped as if it has succumbed to some dreadful disease. It’s easy to think perennials are gone forever during winter and even be tempted to dig them up. But a wise gardener knows it’s all a hoax. Healthy perennials will return in spring – often times bigger and bolder than before.
Coronation Gold Yarrow returns with fern-like leaves and tight white clusters of flowers.
At this early stage, the flowers look like tiny heads of cauliflower to me.
Eventually, the tightly balled flower heads begin to open. If you look closely, you can see a slight color change beginning to happen.
And a few weeks later, more yellow starts to appear……
I like that the flowers mature at different rates, so there’s always a nice mixture of flower heads at various stages which I think makes Yarrow such an interesting plant to see grow.
If you’re not growing Yarrow, I hope you’ll add a plant to your garden. If you are growing Yarrow, shoot a picture and share it with us on the plant + shoot Facebook page.