Dream Couple of the Month: Steppe Sage and Yarrow


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Steppe sage and yarrow might not be different at first glance. Despite their different shape and color, the two harmonize wonderfully together and form a beautiful eye-catcher in the summer bed. Steppe Sage (Salvia nemorosa) is native to southwest Asia and eastern Central Europe, but has long been a fixture in our native gardens. The approximately 100 species of yarrow (Achillea) are native to Europe and Western Asia and are among the favorites of perennial gardeners. Its Latin name Achillea owes the perennial Achilles, the Greek hero. Legend has it that he used the juice of the plant to treat his wounds.

Steppe Sage and Yarrow cominate

The steppe sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Amethyst') shown in the picture is about 80 centimeters high and sets with his purplish purple flower candles accents in every summer bed. Combining the herbaceous plant with the yellow-flowering yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) gives a strong contrast. The two bed partners stand out from each other not only by their colors, but also by their very contrasting flower shape. The steppe sage has very stiff upright graceful flowers that stretch straight up. The flowering of the yarrow, however, is characterized by its distinctive mollusc shape and reaches a stature height of up to 150 centimeters. But even if both look very different at first glance, they have a lot in common. Both are very frugal and have similar location and soil requirements. So both prefer a sunny location and a well-drained and nutrient-rich soil. In addition, both react sensitively to wet feet, so they should rather be a little bit drier. You may want to provide additional gravel or sand drainage when planting.

Salvia nemerosa 'Alba'

Achillea filipendulina hybrid 'Terracotta'

Warm play of colors: Salvia nemorosa 'Alba' and Achillea filipendulina hybrid 'Terracotta'

The dream pair steppe sage and yarrow can be combined in a variety of colors and still looks harmonious. For those who prefer warmer colors, the combination of the white-flowering steppe sage 'Alba' and the red-orange flowering yarrow 'Terracotta' is recommended. The site claims are similar for all species and varieties.

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