Updated: Sep 11
Anemones have been one of my favorite plants for years. The perennial Japanese Anemone is where my love began, but all varieties are gorgeous and special! The Japanese Anemone bloom in fall. Since we are getting married in summer, we were able to use another variety of Anemone that is commonly used as a cut flower.
Botanical Name: Anemone Japonica, Anemone Sylvestris, Anemone Coronaria, Anemone Narcissiflora, Anemone Ranunculoides, Anemone Canadensis, Anemone Apennina, Anemone Blanda,
Anemone Japonica or Japanese Anemone are the most commonly found Anemone blooming in fall. I have also commonly seen Anemone Sylvestris which is spring blooming. The Anemone Coronaria (AKA Poppy Anemone) are most commonly used as cut flowers in arrangements.
Sun & Water Requirements
This depends slightly on where you live, your environment, and the variety. Most Anemone like to be grown in full sun or a light shade.
Even moisture or medium moisture is needed for Anemone to thrive. Anemone are not drought tolerant plants so keeping them evenly moist will help them to look their best and bloom to their fullest.
Bulb Growth Tips
I found several southern sources on the best way to grow them but I was looking to find a midwestern perspective since out climate is not within their hardiness range. Their range is typically good for outdoor survival between 7-10 hardiness zones. I live in SE Wisconsin with is a 5 hardiness zone.
Missouri Botanical Garden states the following steps to take: "First, plant tubers in pots in fall for overwintering in frost free but cool areas (e.g., greenhouse, sunporch or cold frame), with pots being set out in early spring. Second, plant tubers in pots in early spring for a later May-June bloom. Finally, tuberous rhizomes can be dug up in fall for storage over winter." They go on to say that this usually does not have a successful growth rate and recommend buying new corms (bulbs) every year.
From a southern perspective, check out this link for detailed growing information. From this perspective, you are planting in winter instead of overwintering in a container.
These are part of the Ranunculaceae family and bear a close resemblance to the Poppy Flower and Pasque Flower.
Some common names you may here are Snowdrop (pertaining to Anemone sylvestris) or Windflower.
An Anemone's size depends on the variety but the blooms on some can reach out to 4ft. A variety commonly found around is called September Charm and reach that height when blooming.
Anemone's can range in many colors from shades of white, red, pink, purple, or blue.
Our Wedding Bouquets
The reason I am talking about Anemone is because that was the main flower I knew I wanted in my bouquets for our wedding. I debated ordering pre-made bouquets, or creating my own, but since my passion for plants runs deep, arrangements are incredibly fun for me to create. I was so excited to design, order, and arrange my bouqet, and those of my bridal party. I purchased all my flowers from Bercot (originally called Gooseberries before it was bought out). I've included links to Blooms by the Box below for each plant to give you an idea of what everything looks like together. I have also bought flowers and greenery from Blooms by the Box so if you are looking to purchase from online, I would recommend them. Here is what I decided to use for our bouquets:
White Wax Flower
Green Trick Dianthus
Lemon Leaf Greenery
Fern (they called it Oregon Fern)
Dried Bunny Tails
I also decided to use a dark blue ribbon to go around the flowers. Since our wedding colors are green, white, blue, cognac, and gold, all of these plants and accessories fit perfectly.
It is less than a week before the wedding as I am typing this now and I can't WAIT to show you how the bouquets turned out! Make sure you are following me on social media to see all my updates (@houseplanthomebodyllc)!
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