The Anemone family is a rather broad family and they come in several classifications from the very tender to the quite hardy. the bulb forms are described at my plant site under the bulb section and this page outlines some of the more commonly available herbaceous species and varieties.
These plants mostly come with various levels of warnings about their aggressive tendencies. Although they are lovely bloomers, they do require controlling with a firm shovel to keep them in check.
How To Grow Anemone
Grow in full sun part shade in almost any soil (except heavy clays) and they’ll grow well. I’ve grown them in sandy ditch digging soil as well as good garden soil (interestingly enough, they grew better in poor soil than the rich garden soils).
Heights are listed under varieties, the spacing is as far apart as you want them to grow because they’ll take everything you give them.
Some Plants to Look For
Anemone hupehensis or Japanese Anemone is a lovely flowering plant with a range of flowers (from singles to semi and full doubles) and bloom colors (mostly in white to pink range) all within this variable species.
- It grows 24-30 inches tall and equal width.
- Hardy to a USDA zone 5, it is a lovely little plant (not as rambunctious in the garden as those below).
- ‘Prince Henry’ is a variety sometimes seen with its semi-double, rose-mauve flowers.
Anemone sylvestrisis a real and true garden thug. It is almost impossible to eradicate once introduced and I wouldn’t wish this plant on my worst enemy. It is a lovely little plant however with its 24-inch tall pale white flowers.
- Its flowers will charm the socks off you just before it starts shooting seed over the garden and sending runners underground to find them.
- It came from a wild seed in my former garden and I worked (unsuccessfully) for three years to eliminate it from the garden.
- A gorgeous plant for sun or semi-shade but truly an invasive one.
- Hardy enough almost everywhere and easily transplanted.
Anemone tomentosa also known as the Pink Grapefruit Anemone, this soft pink August blooming species is described as “vigorous” in several plant catalogs.
- This means it spreads somewhat less than wildfire but more aggressively than the Vikings invading medieval Europe.
- It is a lovely flowering plant reaching 36-40 inches tall and as wide as you’ll let it get.
- It is quite hardy – down to USDA zone 3.
- Propagate by division in the early spring and control it tenaciously the same way by digging up excess shoots in the early spring.
- Having passed on a realistic warning about its aggressiveness, it is a great blooming plant for the back of the perennial border.
Anemone x hybrida is a catchall term for different hybrids on the market.
- All grow in much the same way – aggressively in the full sun or light shade and in almost any soil.
- All are hardy to a USDA zone 4 and I’ve grown many of them at one time or other in my garden to see if any were less spreading (no).
- Having said that, I would have them again particularly the lovely white blooming ‘Honorine Jobert’ with its masses of lovely pure white blooms.
Anemone variety unknown although it may be ‘September Charm’
Some Commonly Available Hybrids
- ‘Andrea Atkinson’ large white single blooms, 30-36-inches tall
- ”Party Dress’ bright pink, double flowers, 36-inches tall
- ”September Charm’ single, rose-pink and 24-inches tall
- ”Serande’ deep pink, double flowers 48-inches tall
- ”Whirlwind’ semi-double, pure white and 48-inches tall
- ”Honorine Jobert’ pure white, single to semi-double, 48-inches tall.