For years we’ve griped about the industry’s relentless push to make plants smaller. Finally, someone pushed back. Renowned breeder Hans Hansen selected his Sassy Summer series for several desirable traits: Big flowers, and lots of them; attractive silvery foliage with a dense, upright habit; and, drum roll please, sturdy stems that stand up to wind and rain. Mind you, these are nicely-proportioned plants, not skinny skyscrapers. Sassy Summer varieties hoist cheerful flowers up to three feet over silvery green foliage. Flat-topped umbels are perfect landing pads for pollinators. Hardy in Zones 3 – 8.
Achillea is named for Achilles, mythical hero of the Trojan war and the main character in Homer’s Iliad. The foliage has traditional medicinal uses.