Anemone Sylvestris Ground Cover
Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone)
Charming little Spring flowering Anemone, masses of nodding yellow centred white flowers appear held above deep green mounds of intricately cut foliage. The flower buds are held on bent stems rather like a snowdrop from where its common name derives, as the flowers open they stand up and face upwards, swaying in the breeze. Later in the season the spent flowers develop into attractive wooly seedheads. This is a super plant to use in swathes if you have space, let them naturalise and spread into gradually increasing clumps that will give an even more impressive show with each successive spring. They are great to combine with Spring bulbs.
As a rough guide planting Anemone sylvestris as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Anemone sylvestris
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Foliage: Hardy perennial, growth dies down in winter and fresh new growth emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: April-May
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 30cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Autumn. The plants appreciate a generous mulch in Spring which is also the best time to lift and divide congested colonies.