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Anemones, sometimes called windflowers, provide whimsy and cheer to the 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, anemones are 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.

How Do You Plant Anemone Bulbs?

Native to the Mediterranean, anemone flowers 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. Plant your anemone flower bulbs in the fall, before the first frost. Depending on the variety, set them about 3 inches deep, and space them 3-4 inches apart. Water moderately throughout the growing season.

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, anemone flowers 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 anemones 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. 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 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 planted 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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