The Wonderful Anemone (Windflowers)

 

 

We all have seen flower gardens that look like they have just sprung up naturally.

They have delicate and colorful flowers that should be growing in a wild field or alongside the roads.

Many of the plants fall into the Anemones category. Anemones are also known as windflowers and are a very large group with many species blooming in spring and fall.

This flowering bulb produces a burst of color in the garden beginning in Mid-April.

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The plants are small in stature, growing to about 11 inches in height. This allows them to work well as a lead in to our flower gardens.

Anemone work best in USDA plant hardness zones 9 and 10.

Although anemone are perennial plants they also work well as annual plants and can be used in any zone when used this way.

Spring blooming anemones do best in part shade. Fall bloomers thrive in full sun to part shade.

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Anemone plants are not fussy and will thrive in nearly any type of well-drained soil.

If our soil dose not drain will just add 3 to 4 inches of organic material.

Although not required, soaking the bulbs in ware water for a few hours activates the bulbs for a great start.

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