Anemone coronaria (Saint Bridgid Group) 'The Admiral'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: light, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: violet-pink
- Other features: useful as cut flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 5/6
- Garden care: Soak the tubers overnight in cool water and plant them in naturalistic drifts (it doesn't matter which way up) 5cm deep and 15cm apart from September to November. Ideally you should choose a spot where they can be left undisturbed so they can naturalise and spread. Avoid excessively wet conditions when dormant.
Plant these throughout the front of a sunny border or add them to your pots and windowboxes for a vibrant display in early spring. The finely dissected foliage is attractive in itself, but it is for the semi double, violet flowers, which have a decorative boss of near-black stamens that this plant is best-loved. They look great when planted with tulips.
Spring bulbs, such as daffodils and hyacinths, can be planted whenever the soil conditions allow. As a rough guide, cover them with about twice as much soil as the bulb is deep: so that a 5cm (2in) deep bulb would need a 15cm...Read full article