Sunny displays with yellow tansy
With their intense yellow flowers, tansy, Tanacetum vulgare, shine brighter than the August sun
A perennial in the Aster family, tansy has not only been cultivated for ornamental purposes but has been used in cookery and medicine. Tansy cakes and puddings were often served at Easter, referencing the bitter herbs eaten over the Jewish Passover. Its aromatic dark leaves added flavour to omelettes, and in Yorkshire, its seeds were traditionally used in biscuits served at funerals. Tansy tea was formerly a household medicine for ailments including rheumatism, digestive problems, fevers and sores, and is still used in the treatment of bruises and inflammation. It also acts as an insect repellent, and the flowers were once placed in coffins.
Worked into a circular wreath, the flat, disc-like shape of tansy flowerheads create a dense band of colour.
A canary-coloured cup of sunshine. The softly rounded flowers of Tanacetum vulgare are interspersed with contrasting narrowpetalled Senecio jacobaea, Lysimachia and Calendula. Upturned funnels form unusual containers for dainty sprigs of tansy next to a larger display.