Anemone is a versatile plant in the garden. Purple, pink and blue anemone blanda blooms in spring, and white Japanese anemone blooms in late summer and fall. Anemone are sold as a spring or fall bulb, but they actually grow from a tuberous root system. Plant spring-blooming anemone in fall, approximately six weeks before the first expected frost. Plant fall-blooming varieties in spring once all frost danger has passed in your area.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Place the anemone bulbs in the bowl and soak overnight the evening prior to planting outdoors.
Lay a 2-inch layer of compost over a full-sun, well-drained garden bed. Till the compost into the top 8 inches of soil to add nutrition and aid drainage.
Plant the anemone 2 inches beneath the soil surface. Position them so the buds, which resemble the eyes on a potato, are facing upward. Space the anemone 4 inches apart in clusters.
Water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist throughout. Stick your finger into the soil and water when the top 4 inches begins to feel dry.
Lay a 2-inch layer of mulch over the bed after planting. Mulch protects fall-planted anemone from temperature fluctuation and prevents weed growth in summer anemone beds. Mulch also preserves moisture in the soil.