Anemones nemerosa or wood anemones will sparkle in the late winter and early spring sun before the tree canopy closes in. Sporting pretty daisy-like flowers which will close on dulls days before reappearing as soon as the sun shines, these delightful herbaceous perennials will provide you with a spectactular show in early spring whilst also offering an early source of nectar for hungry pollinators. Over time, their rhizomes which almost resemble small twigs will spread along the woodland floor.
Plant in a woodland or shady area of your garden in humus-rich, well-drained soil with plenty of leaf mould or chipped bark — do not use manure as it is too rich for their rhizomes. Plant 10 to 15 cm apart and around 2 cm deep below the surface, allowing around 10 to 15 rhizomes per square meter. Give a light mulch while dormant and provide a little water in very dry weather.
Always wear gloves when handling anemones as they contain toxins which can irritate the skin. They should never be eaten since they are poisonous to humans and animals.
Always unpack and plant on arrival.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Anemones can suffer from downy mildew which is caused by poor air circulation. To prevent it, lift and divide congested clumps.