How To Grow Anemones | Winter Flower Gardening Ideas

Want to know how to grow anemones? Who wouldn't? Anemones are such an amazing plant blooming in a season where few flowers do. Get your trowel and gloves now and let's get growing anemones for a lovely garden landscape even in winter!

How To Grow Anemones In Your Winter Flower Garden

Growing anemones can be tricky if you don't have the patience or you're still discovering your green thumbs. After all, anemones are special flowers flourishing and blooming in the plant-hostile seasons, fall and winter. Depending on your hardiness zone, you can have a vibrant and rainbow-colored flower garden in the winter season. If you love fresh cut flowers arrangements for your home especially in the cold holidays, grow anemones. Learn how to grow anemones with this guide complete with tips for growing and caring for your anemone plants.


When To Grow Anemone Varieties

Anemones are cool-season flowering plants so they're best planted in the cool fall or spring season. But, this will also depend on the variety or type of anemone you want to grow. You will want to know the following varieties to determine the best time to plant.

1. Garden Anemone Or Anemone Coronaria

Anemone coronaria is a spring-blooming variety you can plant in autumn in pots or raised beds and kept in greenhouses through to winter. You can also plant them directly in the ground in spring once danger of frost has passed. You will love this anemone with a variety of bright colors adding structure in shady areas.

2. Grecian Wind Flowers Or Anemone Blanda

The anemone blanda is another spring-blooming variety with low-growing form perfect for a rock garden. This variety, priced for its daisy-like blue flowers are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

3. Anemone Nemorosa or Woodland Anemone

While the Anemone nemorosa wildly grows in meadows and are usually grown in parks, you can grow them in your garden too. If you have a woodsy and shaded area and you want the charm of the woodland, these anemones are perfect. It has white cup-like flowers and is hardy in zones 4 to 9. This is a fall-blooming variety which flowers in late summer through fall.

4. Anemone Hupehensis or Japanese Anemone

This is another fall-blooming variety which is hardy from zones 4 to 9. They do not tolerate drought, extense heat, likewise overwatering. Japanese anemone blooms in late summer to fall. You can grow this variety in mid-summer for fall blooms and you can also take root cuttings in early winter.


Where To Grow Anemones

Whether you're growing anemones directly in soil beds or in planters, your site must receive full to a half day of sunlight for fall-blooming varieties. Spring blooming varieties, on the other hand, do best in part shade.

When growing directly on the ground or soil beds, make sure the ground doesn't get soggy on rainy days. Although anemones aren't picky about the soil, they prefer it moist, well-draining and composed of lots of organic matter.

If you want cut flowers for display indoors, you can grow anemones through to winter in greenhouses and even in unheated high tunnels or hoop house. This way their delicate petals are protected from the harsh weather outside.


How To Grow Anemones From Corms

Growing anemones from dormant corms you bought from florists or garden stores will need to be forced to develop the root system and encourage flowering. Here's how to plant anemones from corms:

  • Soak the anemone corms in a warm water overnight.
  • Pick a site perfect for growing anemones.
  • Dig holes in the soil bed 1 to 2 inches deep and 2 inches apart.
  • Drop the seeds and cover with soil.
  • Water your plant bed to settle the soil down.


How To Grow Anemones From Seeds

Most varieties of anemones can be propagated from seeds. Follow the simple steps and the take some helpful tips here:

  • Sow the seeds in broad and flat containers to get more seedlings.
  • Sow the seeds in drilled holes or in trenches if you want better coverage.
  • Anemone seeds are covered in furs so if you want to spread-sow the seeds mix them first with sand for better distribution, then sow.
  • Cover the seeds with a thin layer of sandy soil.
  • Protect the sown seeds with a cold frame or place them in high tunnels or greenhouse.


Anemone Plant Care And Growing Tips

Anemones are easy to maintain plants which need nothing but watering and deadheading to keep it growing nicely. To keep the flowers from going to seed, taking as much flower cuttings would do the trick. Considering anemones have rhizomatous roots or tubers, they have a tendency to spread about when unchecked. If you don't like anemone taking over some other plants, grow them in plastic containers and bury it with the plant roots in your soil bed.


Check this video from the Mud Room for more anemone growing tips and tricks:

Now wasn't this guide on how to grow anemones enlightening? You don't have to be a certified green thumb to grow these lovely flowers successfully. You can just be someone who loves flowers enough to want to grow them, plus some helping hand from some self-professed avid gardener. With this straightforward guide on how to grow anemones, it won't be a dull gardening season after all.

Did anemones make it to your list of beautiful flowers to grow this season? We'd be delighted to know about your flower garden plans. Share it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. I bought them in my garden center (I live in central NJ) last fall. I planted them while they were in bloom. Lo and behold, in January they bloomed again. It was quite cold out so we were very surprised. Then we had several inches of snow. Now it’s April and they have reappeared. I went back to the garden center and they were perplexed about what kind of flower it was. He recently texted me back to say it was an anemone. I must say, I hope to plant a lot more since they must like my soil. I wonder if I should buy the plants or plant seeds or tubers. I just enjoy the pops of color and don’t really have a big garden.

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