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Anemone Bulbs

The Anemone family is a large one, but it is Anemone Coronaria, or poppy-flowered Anemone, which is the gem of the fall planting selection.

Anemone Anemones grow from tubers and must be planted round side down, about 2" to 3" deep. The rule of thumb for most bulbs and tubers is to plant them twice as deep as they are wide. Anemones prefer good sun and well-drained soil. The red, white, and blue blooms come in single, semi-double, and double forms, and are about 1" to 2 1/2" across. Contrasting black centers give a charming vividness to these poppy-like flowers.

Anemone The mid-green foliage is finely serrated. They bloom in early to mid-spring and look quite nice when paired with the vibrant sunset tones of Ranunculus. The similarity of height, flower, and habit makes a happy combination.

Anemone Coronaria is an excellent subject for container gardening and is a reliable performer. Be sure you don't confuse this dainty tuber with its giant cousin, Anemone Hupehensis Japonica. A. Japonica is the hardy, fibrous-rooted perennial so well beloved in the fall border. A. Japonica can reach 4 feet in height with pink or white semi-double blooms loosely clustered on long stems atop grey-green foliage. Though it can be potted, it thrives most when given a wide range to grow in. But, for fall planting fun and great container charm, Anemone Coronaria remains a winner.

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