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Anemone belongs to the genus Ranunculacae, commonly referred to as wind flowers and are native to temperate climes. With long stems and basal leaves, they can grow up to 3ft.
Anemone are upright perennial plants that produce 2 to 9 flowers on their stems. Widely grown, these coarse-leafed plants have saucer shaped flowers that come in a variety of colours, with some being two-toned. Some varieties bloom in Spring but the more popular variants do so through the Summer and into mid-Autumn.
Anemone are often called windflowers because their delicate stems and flowers sway in the lightest of breezes. Their name stems from the Greek word Anemos, meaning Wind, so it’s an observation that’s been made for centuries. They offer vibrant purple, pink, red and yellow sprays in the garden and have a simple yet attractive flower cup, making them very popular.
Some varieties have a daisy-like flower and depending on the varieties you go for, provide vibrant colour from Spring to Autumn.
Anemones grow to around 3ft when mature and enjoy a sunny or partly shaded area the most. They die back in the winter and return each year.
Anemone planting depends on the species. Some are Spring bloomers so need planting in the Autumn, others are late Summer/early Autumn bloomers and want planting in the Spring.
They thrive in well drained but moist soil and like to have plenty of sun throughout the day and once planted are generally low-maintenance plants. Water the plants regularly when it isn’t raining to keep the soil moist so they can thrive.Cut back when foliage dulls and they will come back every season.
Anemone is not too fussy about where it is planted, growing in most locations, however it’s important to cut back as they do tend to spread and become invasive if left unchecked.Plant them around 3 to 4 inches deep and around 4 to 6 inches apart to allow roots to establish.
Anemones offer a wide variety of shapes, colours and seasonal blooming phases, with some varieties flowering in Spring and others in the Summer and Autumn. Their buttercup and daisy-like appearances give gardeners a wide palette to choose from when thinking about colours and shapes of blooms throughout the growing season. A cracking addition to any garden that’s bright and low maintenance.