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Poppy Anemone

Poppy Anemones, sometimes called windflowers, provide whimsy and cheer to the shade garden. These easy-to-care-for flowers offer bright color low to the ground, and they're both beautiful and drought tolerant. These set-and-forget flowers are perfect for beginners.

Anemone Blooms In A Range Of Colors

Royal purple, fireworks red, snow white - the poppy anemone, or "windflower," is sure to add interesting color to your gardens or bouquets. Once a garden standard, anemone flowers have lost ground to showier, more complex hybrids. However, we think that once you get acquainted with these easy-going beauties, you'll agree they're due for a comeback. Featuring 2.5-inch blooms in vivid red, crisp white, bold blue, and a rainbow of other hues, each anemone flower has a dark eye that contrasts the brilliance of its petals. Their proud upright posture, soft petal structure, and light green feathery foliage are reminiscent of Oriental poppies!

How Do You Plant Anemone Bulbs?

Native to the Mediterranean, windflowers are as rugged as they are beautiful. Resistant to insects, pests, and disease, anemone bulbs are drought tolerant as well as shade-tolerant and need little maintenance once planted. They stand 10 to 12 inches tall and have a minimal spread. The poppy anemone prefers a slightly shaded area with sandy, well-drained soil. Plant your anemone flower tubers in the fall, before the first frost. Set the tubers about 4 inches deep, and space them 18 inches apart. Water moderately throughout the growing season. There's no need to deadhead these flowers. The tubers will propagate themselves and should be divided in early fall to increase next year's yield.

How Do You Take Care Of An Anemone Flower Plant?

Charming and easy to care for, anemone bulbs are also versatile in the garden. They tend to spread, which makes them an excellent medium-height ground cover for shaded areas. Anemone flowers also thrive as companion plants to taller flowers and shrubs which provide them a bit of shade. Blooming in early spring, these lovely blossoms pair well with tulips, daffodils, and crocus. Add brilliant hues to rock gardens or naturalize them to make fields and hillsides explode with springtime colour. Excellent for woodland settings, windflowers also add a traditional touch to cottage and formal gardens. Invite the poppy anemone into your garden and get to know this classic flower.

Where To Plant Anemone Bulbs:

It's hard to believe that sunny-looking windflowers actually prefer a bit of shade. Choose a location with afternoon shade and morning sun, if possible, or try planting poppy anemones under a tree or arbor for dappled shade. Poppy anemones thrive in lightweight, well-draining soil with slight acidity. Choose a spot without standing water, and add loam or sand to improve drainage.

As you ponder where to plant your anemones, think about design as well as shade and soil requirements. Anemones offer clear, bright colors and a low-growing habit, perfect for filling in shady beds. Anemones tend to multiply, making them a pleasing choice for ground cover. Pair these bright, poppy-shaped plants with other shade-tolerant, woodland varieties like lily-of-the-valley or sweet pea, or use them to fill in among late-spring bulbs like tulips or fritillaria.

When to Plant Anemone Bulbs:

Anemone bulbs are best in the fall, to allow the bulbs to establish roots before springtime sprouting. Soak your anemone bulbs in water overnight before planting.

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