A necessary part of the woodland garden are the small European Anemones and this is one of the good ones. Fine foliage and nice white flowers in spring on a slowly spreading rhizomatous little bulbous plant. As you may have surmised, this is at home in the Apennines in Italy and into Croatia.
Our collection from the summit of a remote and isolated peak near the western Myanmar border where we were the second westerners to climb this peak and the first purely botanical foray. The first expedition was in 1958 - those birders are tougher than you might think! This was only 10" tall in seed in the alpine meadow at over 12000' but gets nearly 3 times that here. Broad leaves and multi-flowered heads of white flowers. Rare collection from this very isolated population.
A lovely form we brought home from Scotland a few years back. This varies from the norm of mid-blue flowers by embracing the blending nature.of Impressionist pastels with its goes-with-anything non-confrontational light lavender-blue flowers in April and May. Not surprisingly, this form is a Libra.
Choice selection of the Wood Anemone with flowers densely packed with numerous small white petals which appear all white at first but as the flowers mature or awaken, a central blue eye is revealed which is quite delightful. I go through a similar slow process every morning and tell myself that it is the same delightful end result.
Wood Anemone. This selection has funny heads of flowers where the petals have become dense clusters dissected white leafy bracts or did the bracts become dense bunches of filigreed snowflake petals? Either way, quite a piece of floral artwork that garners ample attention. Great for shade.
This is regarded as the largest of the Anemone nemorosa cultivars and is a star in our shade garden. It is the perfect underplanting to many other plants as the Anemone is but 10" high or less and creeps on twiggy rhizomes to make a fine, dense patch.
Wood Anemone. This is a good blue form with flowers darker than many of the blue selections and even though the individual flowers are a little smaller than typical, we don't care as this is such a lovely thing. Found in the Estonian woodlands by Mart Veerus and introduced we think by Janis Ruksans.
Large lavender blue flowers with a darker reverse grants this little slowly creeping Wood Anemone its own small fiefdom in the shade garden while it is in bloom. Very pretty indeed. Of course by mid summer the peasants and serfs rise up with scythes and cudgels to reclaim their land but next year the glorious cycle of rule and revolution is repeated.
This is an exquisite little bit of spring pleasure that was introduced by our friend Urs Baltensberger. Urs found this dark-leafed form growing wild in the forest on Stammerberg in Switzerland and we are all benefiting from his keen eye. Purplish new growth is perfect backing for the white spring flowers in mid to late spring. A key smaller element for shade.
A nice small flowered light pink form of this necessary Anemone species which followed us home from the UK a few years back. What is a necessary Anemone, you ask? One which is indispensable in your shade or woodland garden and whose absence would not only be noted but commented upon and repeated, a gardening gaffe going viral.
One of the larger flowered varieties of Wood Anemone, this has excellent white flowers which are more than enough to stand alone or perfect in a supporting understory role to larger shrubs and perennials.
We don't have a real name for this one but continue the informal designation given to it by friend and mentor Steve Doonan. Original Blue just means that it was the first blue one in his collection. Smaller a bit than 'Robinsiana' but pretty close with dusky blue flowers. This adds much to the shade garden.
Unnamed or lost name selection of Wood Anemone we received from plantsman non pareil John Flintoff some years back. This is distinct from others we grow as the white flowers have a reddish pink reverse to the petals which is particularly effective as these nod a bit and you get to enjoy the nice backside. "Baby got back" - Sir Mix-a-Lot
Seedlings from this very good form of the very variable Anemone obtusiloba which ranges at higher altitudes across the Himalaya into western China. Our mama plant came home with us from Scotland and is notable for larger blue flowers with 3-4 extra petals beyond the usual 5. We expect these youngsters to carry on the family tradition.
A choice woodland creeper for the shade or partly shaded garden where it behaves like Anemone nemorosa - making a mat of ferny foliage but in this case, it has vibrant yellow flowers. A patch of this is to be coveted. Very hardy and goes mid to late summer dormant.
Very sweet little Asian creeper for the woodland or partly sunny garden bed. This form with its small white and fully double flowers is very appealing and the flowers are nicely in scale with the diminutive leaves. A nice alternative to the European Anemone nemorosa clan and can be used in much the same way.
A European species distinguished in part from Anemone nemorosa by its simple, unlobed leaves and white flowers bearing white or pale blue anthers, This clone is white on white with a small green central button of the Divine Feminine business parts - altogether a pleasing pairing in the shade garden. Thanks to plantsman Reuben Hatch for sharing this with us.
One of the quiet stars of our shade garden is this cross between rich yellow Anemone ranunculoides and white Anemone nemorosa. The result is a vigorous small scale shade loving groundcover with profuse primrose yellow flowers. Perfect as a planting under larger plants. Moist.
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