Anemone is a diverse group of plants offering carpets of woodland delight; bright pops of early spring flowers; and graceful, fluttering blooms in autumn.

The fluffy flowers of Anemone coronaria offer some of the first rich colors in early spring. These crepe paper like flowers are wonderful in containers or as a little gift that will surely bring a smile. Also in spring, woodland species carpet shady to part sun areas with nickel to quarter sized flowers in shades of white, blue and green.

These species can spread slowly over time to create a naturalized fairy land. A fun combination is masses of white Anemone blanda accented with bright tulips. The result is a terrific, florific spring display! Since spring blooming anemone go summer dormant it is best to combine with something that has year round or summer interest such as mondo grass or ferns.

Anemone Wild Swan (14250923260)
Anemone 'Wild Swan'

Most recent introductions of the 'Swan Series' offers stunning lavender and white bicolored blooms. This group on anemone bridge the gap with blooms June to frost.

In early autumn, tall stalks of blushed white or pink flowers wave in the breeze. Anemone japonica and hybrids add much needed color to the late season shade garden. The height of taller varieties combines well with low growing Heuchera or evergreen shrubs. Compact varieties can add a floral punch to the boarder where spring blooming perennials are spent.

Some of the most popular and available species of Anemone are:


Anemone blanda:
Grecian Windflower

These diminutive daisy-like flowers of blue, pink and white hold themselves a mere 2-4” above dark green leathery foliage in April and May.

Grown from tubers planted in the fall, or growing plants in the spring. They will self-seed once established, eventually carpeting their spot in the semi-shady garden with their softly illuminating colors. Zones 4-8.


Anemone coronaria:
Poppy Anemone

A tender perennial planted in fall from tuber, or spring from plants. These 10-12” beauties have a more poppy-shaped flower in an array of jewel-like shades of red, pink, blue, purple and white.

Varieties come in both single and double flowers, and provide a kaleidoscope of color in your springtime sunny (or partly sunny) garden.

Good drainage is essential. Zones 8-10.

Anemone x hybrida: Japanese Anemone

These are the graceful white and pink stands of 2-4’ tall and wide plants that help the late-summer / early-autumn garden come alive after the heat of high summer. Newer varieties are more compact and can blend well into smaller spaces. No accident that many think of this as the “best of the fall flowers!” Zones 5-8.

Japanese Anemone Varieties:


Anemone x hybrida:
'Honore Jobert'

Single white flowers with yellow eye.

Anemone x hybrida: 'Fantasy Pocahontas'

A compact variety with double light pink flowers August through October. Grows 18-24" tall 24" wide in full sun to part shade.


Anemone x hybrida:
'Lucky Charm'

This variety sports purple new leaves in early spring.

Rich rosy pink single blooms in late summer into fall.

Grows 30-36" tall.

Anemone x hybrida: 'Pretty Lady Diana'

Compact reaching 16" tall and 24" wide. Frilly medium pink flowers August to October.

Anemone x hybrida: 'September Charm'

Pale to deep pink single flowers with yellow eye.

Anemone 'Whirlwind'

Anemone x hybrida: 'Whirlwind'

Double white flowers with slightly twisted petals


Anemone nemerosa:
European Wood Anemone

Dainty, carpeting woodland perennial. These spring gems are perfect under trees, shrubs or larger perennials. Very long lived.

Most varieties reach 6-8" tall.

They are getting harder to find in stores so grab them when you find them!


Anemone sylvestris:
Snowdrop Windflower

Creamy white, nodding flowers in spring and may repeat in fall.

Growing 12-16" tall and wide in part sun. Zones 4-9.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


Lewisia: Bitterroot