Anemone / Windflower

Graceful Anemones sway in the breeze, casting an enchanting spell in your garden. Explore their charming, delicate flowers and discover how to cultivate their grace, bringing a touch of whimsy to your outdoor haven.

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Add timeless beauty and grace to gardens and landscapes with windflowers. The Anemone genus contains perennial herbs, commonly called windflowers, that bloom spring, summer, or fall, depending on cultivar, with some varieties blooming spring and fall. Although a diverse group, available in a variety of sizes and in a multitude of colors, windflowers are charming plants that lend timeless beauty and grace to gardens and landscapes. The spring- to summer-blooming types are low-growing ground covers; summer- to fall-flowering types tend to be taller. The flowers look like poppies or daisies and are most often simple singles; however, some varieties feature semidouble or fully double flowers. They come in vibrant jewel-tone colors that include blue, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow green. A favorite of florists, the long-lasting flowers are borne on willowy stems and have a delicate, often crepe papery, appearance that works well in many cut flower displays, from simple posies to dramatic, eclectic, modern, or whimsical mixed bouquets. Left in the garden, they are a valuable food source for bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Anemone is a genus of about 120 species, many native to North America, occurring most commonly in woodlands and meadows, where they spread and naturalize over time to form large colonies that are typically undisturbed by deer or rabbits. A. coronaria (poppy anemone) is one of the best-known spring-blooming species. A. hupehensis var. japonica (Japanese anemone or Chinese anemone) is considered by many to be the “best of the fall flowers” and is typically taller than species plants, making it a favorite for borders in late summer to early fall. Other notable varieties for home gardens include A. blanda (Grecian windflower), A. nemerosa (European wood anemone), A. sylvestris (snowdrop windflower), and A. tomentosa (Japanese anemone or windflower).

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