Since I am fortunate to garden in a mild maritime climate and able to grow plants from subtropical climates, I fear I sometimes give the impression that hardy plants, especially British natives, do not have a space in my small plot. This is not so, my love of Anemone nemorosa in its various forms and selections is a case in point. Common throughout woodland in western Europe, this modest member of the family Ranunculaceae is known as “the wood anemone”. The type plant has ground covering ferny foliage and open white daisy like flowers 3-4 inches high. Selections made from the wild over many years include blue, purple, pink and double forms. They are easy to grow and propagate and in my experience trouble free. Thin twig like rhizomes grow an inch or two below the surface in humus enriched soil, and any small section detached with a bud or leaf will form a new plant. Ultimately, they will spread into as large a space as you care to give them but they are not invasive and easily controlled.
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