In the garden’s typically quiet time as summer’s flowers fade, part-shade loving anemones come into bloom with masses of refined and elegant pink or white flowers that burst open atop the plant’s willowy stems.
While there are lots of anemones from which to select, we chose these four because each offers something unique that fulfills various gardening needs. From bigger blooms to super hardy to flowering groundcover, if you need a fuss-free late season bloomer (late July to October depending on the cultivar) that’s got romance to spare, anemones are for you.
- Blooms in early fall
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Attracts butterflies
- Thrive in part-shade
- Fuss-free and easy to grow
Mass where you can gush over the double, deep-pink blooms that can reach up to 2 ft. tall! The “they only look delicate” blooms add a painterly effect to shady flowering borders and woodland gardens. Zone: 4 – 8 (See lead image for more.)
A famous Japanese anemone cultivars and for a good reason–a late summer blizzard of pure white flowers that come on over a longer period. Plant them where you can appreciate their illuminating effect at dusk. Zone: 4 – 8
Cold zones, rejoice! Warmer zones, this one’s for you, too. This one starts blooming in spring and continues right through to early fall. Lower growing, makes a lovely flowery groundcover in shady spaces. Zone 2 – 9
This slightly more compact anemone is ideal for smaller gardens or for tighter spaces. The cool, clear-pink hue of this one is especially lovely with ornamental grasses for a untamed-yet-refined garden look. Zone: 4 – 9
Keep Anemones Happy:
- Partial to full sun
- Humus-rich, well-drained soils with constant moisture during growing season.
- Shelter from harsh sun and wind.
- Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
- Remove spent flowers to prolong flowering.
- Cut back to ground at the end of season.