This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Achillea "Coronation Gold"
Size: Under 2 feet tall
Bloom season: Summer, fall
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; prune after flowering to keep tidy.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: A longtime favorite of gardeners in hot summer climates, this low-water perennial has feathery, silver-gray foliage that produces tall golden flat-topped flowers in early summer. It is a great plant for flower arrangements and native-pollinator conservation. Easy-care and sun-loving, this yarrow becomes a magnet for beneficial insects. At home in a container or garden border, this clumping variety holds its bright-yellow color for weeks before turning a burnished fall gold which makes an excellent dried flower. You can see specimens in the arboretum's teaching nursery on the UC Davis campus.
For more on Durable Delights, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu
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