Anemones were often referred to as 'windflowers' possibly as they grew on exposed sites. The Greek for wind is 'anemos'.They are pretty robust and a reliable garden choice. They are members of the buttercup family and you can see the family resemblance in many of the single flowers.
Anemone coronaria 'Mr Fokker' is a totally true blue colour - rare to see this intensity of blue. With contrasting black stamens, this is a striking choice. The coronaria types are a favourite of florists and will not only look fine in your borders, but also in your vases. Why not create a cutting garden of different bulbs? Daffodils, anemones, tulips and alliums could all be easily grown in succession to provide months of cut flowers.
For a double blue flower, again vibrant in colour, the coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant' is stunning, while coronaria 'Mount Everest' is more subtle, but a pretty white Anemone which would mix well with the blues. For really powerful punch, the coronaria De Caen Group feature hot reds amongst blues, lilacs and whites, which make an excellent addition to the bulbous equation.
When to plant anemone bulbs?
Although spring-flowering by nature, by planting the tubers in the autumn and spring you can extend the flowering period of these types. So plant in autumn for traditional spring flowers and in spring for a summer display.
How do you plant anemone bulbs?
Their home is the Mediterranean, they favour a hot, sheltered position in order to perform at their best. The tubers benefit from soaking in water for 24 hours before planting around 2 inches deep.
For bulbous anemones for a woodland setting and more naturalistic look, try Anemone nemorosa - the wood anemone. This plant loves a slightly dampish soil, similar to that of a woodland floor and will spread to form a delicate bright white spring floral carpet of the most exquisite nature. These are rhizomes as opposed to tubers, but all are still types of bulbs which are essentially underground storage organs. The other rhizomatous types are Anemone blanda - Suttons sell a delightful mix of blues and whites. Gorgeous daisy like flowers are born which spread very quickly and again are perfect in drifts under trees or shrubs. They flower before nemerosa and being an early spring visitor - often follow on seamlessly from snowdrops, Crocus and winter aconite (also from the buttercup family).
These adorable anemones will not let you down.