These anemones are small, delicate plants that need carefully controlled growing conditions. Many must be kept dry in summer while they’re dormant, so are best kept in a greenhouse over summer. There’s also a group of woodland anemones that like rich soil that doesn’t dry out, so are usually grown in pots in a coldframe.
White, pink, purple, blue or yellow, cup-shaped or starry flowers open virtually flat, sometimes to reveal delicate veining on the petals.
These plants like plenty of sun and good drainage. In containers, the compost should have added grit or sharp sand to aid drainage. Some need a dry spell in summer.
They dislike wet soil that doesn’t drain freely, and won’t flower in shade. Protect plants from summer rainfall unless they are naturally woodlanders.
Did you know?
You can protect the plants from freezing in winter by plunging containers up to their rims into a bed of sand.
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