How to plant anemones

Updated November 21, 2016

Anemone flowers come in colours ranging from light pink to a wonderful shade of bluish purple. With 120 species of anemones available to gardeners, it's easy to choose a variety for your garden. Anemones, also known as windflowers, come in spring and summer blooming varieties. These plants need a loose, well-drained soil.

Determine if you have spring flowering anemone or summer flowering anemone bulbs. Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted in early to mid-autumn, and summer flowering bulbs should be planted after the last frost date for your region.

Choose a spot that receives full sun or at least 6 hours of sun a day.

Mix compost into the soil where you will be planting the anemone bulbs. Anemone bulbs need loose, well-drained soil.

Place the anemone bulbs in the container and fill with water until half of the bulb is covered. Soak for 2 to 4 hours.

Dig a hole r to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches) deep in the prepared bed. Place anemone bulbs to either point downward or horizontally. Cover with soil. Space your bulbs 13 to 15 cm (5 to 6 inches) apart.

Keep the anemones well watered. Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. For autumn-planted anemones, stop watering when day time temperatures below 10 degrees.


Anemones combine well with woodland plants and flowers, like hostas and astilbes. Feed your anemones yearly with compost or an all-purpose fertiliser.


After the blooms have faded, do not remove the leaves until they turn yellow and begin to die back. The leaves continue to produce energy that the bulb stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shallow container
  • Water
  • Trowel
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