How to Plant Anenomes


Anemone flowers add color to late summer and fall gardens when other summer flowers are beginning to wind down. Spring anemones are also available. This hardy perennial produces white or pink flowers on 3-foot high plants that grow from a tuberous root. The flowers are full with yellow centers, adding a delicate touch to the garden. Anemones tolerate partial shade, though they do bloom more profusely if grown in an area with full sun. Anemone is rarely grown from seed. Instead, plant anemone from purchased transplants or roots sections.

Step 1

Prepare a well-draining garden bed in the fall. Till the soil to a 10-inch depth to loosen it. Lay a 3-inch layer of compost over the bed, then apply a general purpose fertilizer, following package application instructions, and till it in.

Step 2

Plant the anemone so the tuberous root is 3 inches beneath the soil surface. Space the plants 4 inches apart in clusters or small groupings throughout the flower bed.

Step 3

Water the bed immediately after planting until it is evenly moist throughout. Continue to water from spring until fall, providing approximately 1 inch of water a week.

Step 4

Fertilize spring-blooming anemone in spring when they begin flowering and fertilize fall bloomers in late summer when blossoms form. Use one teaspoon of bulb fertilizer per plant, working it into the soil a few inches away from the stem.

Step 5

Spread a 2-inch layer of wood or straw mulch around the plants. Mulching prevents weeds and helps maintain soil moisture.

Tips and Warnings

  • Too much soil moisture will cause the anemone roots to rot. Avoid overwatering and do not plant in poorly drained beds.

Things You'll Need

  • Anenome plants
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Spade
  • Mulch


  • University of Illinois Extension: Spring Flowering Bulbs
  • Cornell University: Japanese Anemone
Keywords: growing anemone flowers, Japanese anemone, planting anemones

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