When we think of anemones we visualise the brightly coloured flowers that we love to see whether in the local florists or on market stalls. They are really popular as cut flowers and no-one can wonder why – with their simple open shapes and vibrant colours who can resist them?
Noted for their eye-catching brilliant colours the ones most commonly seen are varieties of Anemone coronaria, usually from the De Caen and St Brigid series, you can only tell the difference by the size. I am told by gardening friends that given the right conditions and regular dead-heading, right back to soil level, it is possible to have a succession of up to twenty flowers from one plant – that sounds like really good value.
Most varieties prefer to be planted in a sunny position in well-drained, humus rich soil, although some prefer semi-shade and others will tolerate some damp shade. The tubers can be planted in late winter/early spring or autumn; it all depends on when you want them to flower. You can even plant them in summer but in this case choose a really sheltered site.
Generally they are fairly pest free but in cold and wet weather they can suffer from mould. Pick off any affected leaves as soon as you spot them. In hot dry weather powdery mildew may be a problem which can be controlled by watering thoroughly.
A worthy addition to any garden.