Windflower: Anemone blanda
The genus, a member of the Ranunculaceae family, comes from the temperate regions in Asia. Anemones are delicate, tuberousthat form dense clusters of deeply divided leaves and spread very fast. Anemone blanda is hardy but should be protected against severe frost. It flowers in spring with open, saucer-shaped, starry blooms that come in shades of white, pink or blue. Anemones grow best in well-drained, humus-rich in sun or partial shade and will not tolerate water-logging. Feed with a compound fertiliser during summer. Anemones self-seed very easily but they can also be raised from seeds or division during the rest period. Anemones should be kept dry during their rest period after flowering. ‘Atrocoerulea’ with deep blue flowers and ‘Radar’ with red flowers and white centre are particularly popular varieties.