Achillea is the botanical name for yarrow and was named after Homer’s hero of the Trojan wars--Achilles.
Laurus nobilis is the botanical name for the European species of laurel.
What fun it is to read about the many shades of colors of flowers often specified in their botanical names.
Many August bloomers are majestic erect plants that match the color of the sun and luxuriate in its heat.
"Gardens in themselves are essentially poetic, works of art constructed in the language of nature" writes John Hollander in his anthology of "Garden Poems".
I love it for its wealth of golden flowers, which fill my vases from mid summer to mid fall.
They are a good perennial for gardens visited by deer, who tend to avoid the aromatic plants.
Greek frescoes from the second millennium B.C. show what is believed to be the earliest known representation of a rose.