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Anemones naturalize easily in good garden soil, spreading their early-spring cheer in the ephemeral garden under bare trees and shrubs that later leaf out. These daisylike blooms feature thin, silky petals that quickly disperse in the breeze after flowering. A color range of white, sky blue, pink to the velvety reds and purples of poppy anemones provide jewellike tones for early in the season before the tulips open.
Soak anemone corms in warm water overnight before planting to speed sprouting. These hardy Mediterranean natives flourish in a well-drained, lighter soil in full sun to partial shade.
Part Sun, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
2-6 inches wide
how to grow Anemone
more varieties for Anemone
Anemone blanda offers fresh-faced daisy flowers that pop up in early spring, forming a thick carpet of white, pink, or blue under bare trees and shrubs. It naturalizes and spreads easily. It grows 6 inches tall. Zones 5-9
'White Splendor' Greek anemone
Anemone blanda 'White Splendour' is a large white-flower variety that features delicate yet huge blossoms tinged with pink on outer petals and showy gold stamens. It grows 4 inches tall. Zones 5-9
'Mr. Fokker' poppy anemone
Anemone coronaria 'Mr. Fokker' features broad, overlapping petals in a plush purple blue that open around ornate black fringed centers. The showy flowers are poised on thick stems that hold up well in cut bouquets. It blooms in late spring and grows 8-12 inches tall. Zones 5-9