The winter blooming buttercup is as hardy as the stones amongst which it does not mind growing. It is excellent for naturalising in grass or woodland or in the rockery. A lovely sight in the cold winter months, from January to March. [Photo: Aconite cilicica - 40005]
Plant in humus rich but well drained soil 4cm (2") deep and 5cm (2") apart and it will spread rapidly.
These ornamental garlics will thrive anywhere and live forever. Their richly coloured ornamental blooms, in a wide diversity of shapes and heights, are lovely in borders and excellent for naturalising in grass and woodlands. They are also very popular in pots and containers and in floral arrangements because of their lasting qualities. They appear anytime from late Spring to early Summer. [Photo: sphaerocephalom - 40120]
They should be left undisturbed from one year to another and it is not uncommon for seedlings to appear naturally. See individual varieties for depth of planting.
The blanda types and the species are very useful for planting in the rockery or drifts in the border and underplanting deciduous trees and shrubs. While the coronaria are more suited to the border. The latter are also ideal for floral decoration but pick whilst in bud. Flowering time March to April. [Picture anemone coronaria Single Caen - 40060]
The blanda and species varieties need a moderately fertile soil and prefer a site in dappled shade. Plant 5cm (2") deep and 7cm (3") apart. It is beneficial to soak the bulbs overnight before planting.
Anemone coronaria prefer to be grown in direct sunlight. Plant in soil enriched with well decayed organic matter where they will produce large strong stemmed flowers. Plant 7cm (3") deep and 10cm (4") apart.
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