Plant Family Guides: Anemones - Windflowers
Floating above the border, they produce masses of 2- to 3-inch flowers that are held on slender, graceful stems and sway delicately in the breeze. Flower colors range from snow white to dark pink and purple. They may be single (with 4-6 broad tepals), semi-double or double with 30 or more tepals. Elegant at every stage, from tight buds to neat spherical seedheads, they send up flowers in succession, week after week, and are worthy of prominent placement in the garden.
With one of the longest-blooming seasons, up to 6-8 weeks, Japanese Anemones add brilliant color in the landscape, from mid or late summer through fall. Well suited for borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or naturalized areas such as prairies or meadows, Japanese Anemones put on a spectacular show in the late summer garden
Anemone blanda (Grecian Windflower) is a rewarding little plant that can easily provide a great deal of pleasure! Offering dabs of bright colors in mid spring, mounds of abundant daisy-like flowers show off in shades of white, blue and pink over a finely cut fernlike foliage. These daisies are a delight and seem to last for weeks. Ideal to plant in quantity along paths and borders, even under shade trees. For sheer spring joy, plant a few!
Anemone coronaria are most often found as cut flowers, but these gorgeously colored poppy-like flowers also thrive in the home garden where their broad, bright faces are highly appealing. Their dark-centered, single or double flowers, are available in a fresh array of colors including purple-blue, red, pink or white.
A sampling of top-performing bulbs that can be counted upon to perennialize -- and, if happy where you plant them, will most likely naturalize, too, to come back to bloom for years.