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Woodland Anemone

June 11th, 2019

I’ve been looking for good groundcovers for shady areas. As I tour local gardens, I’ve been noticing things that look like they will be perfect, but not take over the garden and be difficult to manage. Last year I spotted a lovely woodland anemone (called Snowdrop Windflower) with white blooms. It was covering a very large woodland edge area in a garden I visited.

I posted a photo of it on my Instagram stories a week or two ago when I cut some of the blossoms to bring indoors. The blooms are still hanging on in a vase, which is quite amazing. After 10 days they’re just starting to droop a bit.

So far this plant is proving to be a worthwhile companion in the shady garden border. It came through winter with lots of grace (hardy to zone 2), started growing early in spring, and have been blooming profusely for a while. It doesn’t get scraggly later in the summer, which is a bonus for an early blooming plant. I think this is going to be a great partner in the garden in years to come. I’ll keep watching it to make sure it doesn’t spread too vigorously, though I doubt it will.

Do you have any great shady border ground covers to recommend?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.