Anemone Growing Guide

Anemone, also known as Windflower

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Average to gritty garden soil with excellent drainage.

Position

Full sun in spring, sun to partial shade in summer.

Frost tolerant

Varies. Dainty white wood anemones are hardy to -30C (-20F), as are 'Grecian' anemones classified as A. blanda. Large-flowered florists anemones (A. coronaria) are hardy only to -18C (0F) and are often grown as annuals.

Feeding

Topdress with rich compost in spring, when new growth appears. Fertilise large-flowered anemones in early summer using a liquid feed

Companions

Daylily. Use large-flowered anemones as feature plants in the summer garden. Hardy spring-blooming anemones are ideal companions for tulips.

Spacing

Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Soak the hard roots in water overnight before planting. Set out dormant roots in autumn where they are hardy, or in early spring, planting them 8cm (3 inches) deep. Plant in groups of three or more.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Wood anemones thrive when grown in soil rich with leaf mould. They naturalise beautifully in hospitable areas.

Harvesting

Cut anemones to use in arrangements just as the blossoms open. As the flowers fade in the garden, trim them off with scissors or secateurs.

Troubleshooting

Watch plants for problems with aphids or whiteflies, which can multiply rapidly. When caught early both pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Anemone