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Fall-blooming anemones

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Courtesy of Betty Earl

(Read caption) The tall anemone named 'Whirlwind’ is an exquisite old favorite of mine. It bears clouds of furry round buds that open into double, pure-white flowers in fall.

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I confess!  In most instances, good cultural advice is the primary goal of these blog posts. But sometimes, just sometimes, an opportunity presents itself that I just cannot ignore. So I go against my own advice.

Yesterday, as late as it is in the growing and planting season here in northern Illinois, I came across a few plants in gallon containers at a house sale, each marked at a measly $1 a pot. 

Yes, a buck apiece!

Fall-blooming windflowers, Anemone ‘Whirlwind’ -- 10 pots for a mere 10 bucks. How could I walk away? Even though this is definitely the wrong time of the year to plant these fall bloomers (anemones are best divided or transplanted in the spring), this was a chance I had to take. 

Why?

Because these prolific bloomers are perfect for illuminating a garden’s shaded nooks and crannies. ‘Whirlwind’, a compact plant with large, white flowers that start blooming in late August and continue the show into October, is nothing short of a  true eye-catching conversation plant in the autumn garden.

And the plants that I found on sale, though dormant in their pots, upon closer inspection showed healthy looking roots.

Definitely worth the $10 risk, I thought.

A serious garden treasure

These particular windflowers, also known as Japanese anemones, are prolific bloomers.  Standing about 3 feet tall, they are the perfect backdrops for shorter asters, mums, and other garden plants.

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