This native British wildflower, the star of many woodlands in spring, is just as charming when grown in gardens. There are many fine cultivated forms of Anemone nemorosa, and all look breathtaking if planted in drifts under shrubs and trees or naturalised in part of a lawn. They flower early, before spring is really under way, and the graceful starry blooms seem to dance in the breeze on their slender stalks.
Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal' produces double flowers between February and May. As might be expected from a wildflower, it's undemanding and tolerates most soils and positions that are not too dry in spring.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: July to September
Time to divide plants: September to November
Time to plant: March to June
Flowering period: February to May
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