Anemone Growing Guide



Crop Rotation Group



Average to gritty garden soil with excellent drainage.


Full sun in spring, sun to partial shade in summer.

Frost tolerant

Varies. Dainty white wood anemones are hardy to -30C (-20F), as are 'Grecian' anemones classified as A. blanda. Large-flowered florists anemones (A. coronaria) are hardy only to -18C (0F) and are often grown as annuals.


Topdress with rich compost in spring, when new growth appears. Fertilise large-flowered anemones in early summer using a liquid feed


Use large-flowered anemones as feature plants in the summer garden. Hardy spring-blooming anemones are ideal companions for tulips.


Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Soak the hard roots in water overnight before planting. Set out dormant roots in autumn where they are hardy, or in early spring, planting them 8cm (3 inches) deep. Plant in groups of three or more.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Wood anemones thrive when grown in soil rich with leaf mould. They naturalise beautifully in hospitable areas.


Cut anemones to use in arrangements just as the blossoms open. As the flowers fade in the garden, trim them off with scissors or secateurs.


Watch plants for problems with aphids or whiteflies, which can multiply rapidly. When caught early both pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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