Anemone coronaria 'Sylphide' (Mona Lisa Series)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: light, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: magenta 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.
Exquisite bowl-shaped flowers form just above the low carpet of parsley-like folige in early spring. The petals are an irridescent shade of pink and they surround boss of rich purple stamens - overall a very pretty effect. Use them with taller-stemmed tulips, which can soar above.
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