Windflowers are a type of flower that comes in a variety of colors and textures. They can be bright or muted, with sleek petals or fuzzy – no two kinds of windflowers are alike!
Windflowers are classified according to height and texture, so there is a type for just about every garden style out there.
In this post, we’ll talk about some of the most popular types of windflowers and what their best uses might be.
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Types of Windflowers
There are many different types of wildflowers, including:
1) Anemone ‘Dreaming Swan’ (Japanese Anemone)
This variety is characterized by having a large flower and it is also one of the favorites for landscapers as well as homeowners
It has medium-sized leaves with an overall height of 30 inches to 36 inches. The flowers are big, white, and beautiful just like those floating in the air when they dance in nature
2) Anemone ‘Gipsy Queen’ (Bridal Wreath Anemone)
This variety is characterized by its large flowers and how much work it takes to maintain this plant. You will have to cut its dead heads otherwise you will end up with a carpet of unsightly red color all over your lawn so that must be taken into account when growing these plants since if left unattended, they can start spreading faster than any other plant
It is easy to grow and it also has a woody root system which makes it an ideal choice for xeriscaping. It does not need much maintenance but one should be careful when growing them in hard frost conditions since they are only winter hardy in zones 5-8
3) Anemone ‘Golden Apricot’ (Slender Trumpet Anemone)
This variety is characterized by having very small flowers with frilly petals that are yellow while the center of their blooms is white. They have light green leaves and during the summer, if you look closely, slender fruits will appear as well. When planning on where to buy or find this particular type of windflower for sale, make sure that you are looking for the Woodland Anemone as this is where it originated. The plant can grow to a maximum height of approximately 24 inches.
4) Anemone ‘Moonshine’ (Moon Windflower)
This variety is most recognizable by its multicolored petals, which are lavender inside and pale yellow outside. The leaf color is also light green with white edges while the root system has a cylindrical shape.
5) Anemone ‘White Diamond’ (Paperwhite Anemone)
This variety is characterized by having paper-thin leaves that have an oval shape to them with pointed tips like how most thistles look like. It is their white flowers that make this plant so distinctive as they grow on short stems, resembling little bells with pretty frills around the center of each blossom.
It can grow up to 24 inches in height and it loves full sunlight or partial shade just like other types of windflowers do but because of its thin leaves, it will need to be protected from cold drafts as well as lots of wind
6) Anemone ‘White Vision’ (Thimbleweed Anemone)
This variety is characterized by having distinctive and beautiful white flowers as well as dark green foliage. When planning on where to buy or find this particular type of windflower for sale, make sure that you are looking for the Thimbleweed Anemone since that is where it originated from.
7) Anemone ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ (Dwarf Columbine Flower)
This variety is characterized by its medium-sized blooms which are pure white in color with frilly petals and yellow pollen. It grows around 30 inches in height and it is easy to maintain, requiring a regular watering schedule as well as some light mulching. There are many types of windflowers that one can buy so the key is to find out which ones will fit your space best.
8) Anemone ‘Alba’ (Flower of Anemones)
This variety is characterized by its rather small flowers but they make up for their lack of size with very vibrant colors such as deep purple, yellow, red, or white. The leaves vary in color too from green to blue-green depending on whether they live in shade or sunlight and during the springtime, they produce short sprouts with small anthers that emerge from them until summer when the flowers finally bloom. They are ideal for ground cover but make sure to plant this type of windflower in the right place and you will have beautiful colors that will also attract bees and butterflies.
9) Anemone ‘Bridal Gown’ (Wind Flower)
This variety is characterized by its white flowers with a pinkish-purple center that produces pollen very quickly which makes it great for pollination. It grows up to 36 inches in height, making it tall enough as well so if you want a bush or small tree that has an abundance of blooms, then this is one of your best options when looking where to buy or find windflowers online or at local nurseries.
10) Anemone ‘Little Gem’ (Thimble Flower)
The Anemone ‘Little Gem’ (Thimble Flower) is a great choice for gardeners who want to plant in regions with cold winters as it can withstand the temperature of down to -20 degrees Celsius. In their natural habitat, they grow on woody plants in North America but not many people know that this windflower also prefers shady places or partial sunlight with good drainage. It has short stems about 10 centimeters tall and white flowers with three petals which start out pinkish-purple then become greenish-white when they bloom. The leaves are dark green and veiny though make sure to keep them away from areas where there is excessive water because they are susceptible to rotting.
11) Anemone ‘Everest’
The ‘Everest’ variety of Anemone is characterized by its deep red color although there are some that look almost purple in appearance. It grows up to 66 inches tall and it has a lanceolate shape to the leaves. As an added bonus, they also have pretty white flowers which start out pinkish-purple then become greenish-white when they bloom.
12) Anemone ‘The Bride’ (Rock Paper White Flower)
This variety is characterized by having large blossoms with lots of petals which makes them look as if their flower heads are bursting at the seams but unlike most other types of windflowers, The Bride does not require supporting structures so they can be grown on rocks or walls in order to be used as ground cover. They are ideal for an area that receives a lot of sunlight or partial shade but if you want to grow this variety in something other than the ground, then they can also be planted in a hanging basket where the upper side of each petal will face upwards while their roots can benefit from being planted directly into the soil.
13) Anemone ‘Feer’s Double’ (Wind Flower)
This variety is characterized by its dark green leaves which form clusters on top of stems that measure around 4 inches high and as far as maintenance goes, it requires regular watering because it has shallow roots. It produces white flowers with pinkish-purple tips that brighten up any garden since they blossom between May and June.
14) Anemone ‘June Bride’ (Wind Flower)
This variety is characterized by its white flowers with pinkish-purple stripes on the petals which grow up to 6 inches in diameter. It has dark green leaves and can grow at a maximum height of 18 inches when planted in the proper environment. Anemone ‘June Bride’ might be susceptible to slugs and snails so you need to use organic products with snail repellent such as diatomaceous earth that causes them to lose moisture and dehydrate or putting down copper tape in order to ward off their approach.
15) Anemone ‘Myrtifolia’ (Wind Flower)
A very beautiful variety, Anemone ‘Myrtifolia’ is characterized by its white flowers with purple centers that come up to 3 inches in diameter. It has dark green leaves and grows at a height of 12 inches tall so there are many places where you can plant this beautiful addition to your garden as long as it is given enough water since it has shallow roots.
16) Anemone ‘Edith Wolford’ (Wind Flower)
This variety of windflower is characterized by having sweet-smelling flowers that have creamy white petals with yellowish-green tips which bloom from May to June but they grow very well when planted in rich soil and partial sun or shade near plants like rockroses, phlox, columbines, daylilies, and hostas.
17) Anemone ‘Tausendschon’ (Wind Flower)
This variety is characterized by having clusters of blossoms that are made up of large flowers which grow up to 4 inches in diameter with white petals that have a pinkish-purple center, however, there are some cultivars whose petals are almost completely purple while others look as if they were outlined in dark red ink. They grow at a maximum height of 10 inches when planted in the proper environment and they can be susceptible to slugs so it is recommended that you use organic products which contain snail repellents such Anemone ‘Tausendschon’ might also benefit from being planted near plants like daylilies and rock roses in order to increase their chances of blooming.
18) Anemone ‘Sombrero’ (Wind Flower)
This variety is characterized by having flowers that bloom from May through June, which grow up to 7 inches across, have highly fragrant petals and they also come in a variety of colors such as blue-purple, pink, white, yellowish-green, and pale green. The best way for you to keep this plant healthy is to plant it in partial shade or at least 10 hours per day of direct sunlight but don’t overwater it since its roots are shallow like most windflowers. In addition, slugs may be attracted to this kind of flower so, in order for you to lower the chances of this happening, it is best that you use organic products with snail repellent.
19) Anemone ‘Peggy’ (Wind Flower)
This is another variety which should be planted near other plants like hostas, daylilies, and rockroses in order for them to grow properly because they have shallow roots and require a lot of sunlight except during the winter months when they can do well being under trees or shrubs. In addition, it has petals that are creamy-white with pinkish-purple tips but its leaves are bright green since there are also cultivars where their leaves have a purple shade such as Anemone ‘Peggy’. Generally speaking, this particular kind of windflower blooms from May to June.
20) Anemone ‘Apple Blossom’ (Wind Flower)
A beautiful variety of this plant, Anemone ‘Apple Blossom’ is characterized by its apple-blossom pink blossoms that have purple stripes on its petals and leaves which grow about 8 inches in diameter, it has a dark green color for its foliage. This kind of windflower can grow up to 14 inches tall when planted in the proper environment but you need to keep an eye out for slugs because their tender roots make them more vulnerable to attack.
This particular type of windflower is also resistant to pests so there are fewer chances that they will be attacked by insects or other harmful creatures that may destroy your garden since they are surrounded by other plants.
21) Anemone ‘Van Houttei’ (Wind Flower)
The first kind of this plant to be discovered in the United States was Anemone ‘Van Houttei’ is characterized by having clusters of flowers made up of petals that are light yellow with green tips which bloom from April to May but should be planted near shade and then transplanted when it outgrows its current location.
In addition, their foliage tends to have a bluish-green color which makes them look more attractive especially if they were planted under trees or shrubs since these objects tend to provide unobstructed sunlight while the windflowers may also benefit from this type of environment since it will help them grow up to 12 inches in diameter.
22) Anemone ‘White Baron’ (Wind Flower)
Another great type of windflower is Anemone ‘White Baron’ which can grow up to 11 inches across with white petals that have purple edges and its leaves are green in color with dark red veins. It generally blooms from May until June but the best way for you to care for this plant is by planting it near shade at first then transplanting it when it outgrows its current location. This kind of plant may not be as popular compared to other types of windflowers mentioned earlier on but there are still some people who appreciate flowers so much that they would rather use their imagination as to which flower they would like on their landscape that is why this type of plant has remained popular. Anemone ‘White Baron’ can do well in partial shade or at least 8 hours of direct sunlight but you should remove its spent flowers immediately so that the plant may not die out prematurely or get attacked by pests or insects that may destroy its leaves and stems.
23) Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ (Japanese Anemone)
If you want to have a unique type of windflower that will surely draw more admirers in your garden, then you should try growing Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ which is characterized by having bell-shaped flowers with white petals streaked with pink and apricot edges. They tend to bloom from April to May but it can also attract Japanese beetles so if you are planning on planting them near your trees or shrubs then this type of plant may not be the best choice for you because these insects usually like attacking trees and plants.
24) Anemone Blanda ‘Blue Shades’ (Grecian Windflower)
Anemone Blanda ‘Blue Shades’ is another type of windflower that you will surely love because it has shades of blue and purple on its petals with a bluish-green color for its foliage. This type of plant tends to bloom from May until June making them an attractive choice for your garden which may be good news if you want to make something truly unique. You can also grow this plant near trees or shrubs since they are not vulnerable to attack by Japanese beetles and slugs like other types of windflower mentioned earlier in this article.
Another thing that makes this plant unique is the fact that its petals are known to remain fresh even after several days so it is a good idea for you to keep them in your flower vase and let them dry out first before adding a few drops of water. This kind of plant can be planted in partial shade or a place that has 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight but you should remove its spent flowers immediately so that the plant may not die prematurely or get attacked by insects and pests that may destroy its leaves, stems, flowers, and berries.
25) Anemone Blanda ‘Blue Star’ (Grecian Windflower)
Anemone Blanda ‘Blue Star’ is another type of windflower that you may like because it has flowers with white petals and streaks of blue at its edges. You can plant this kind of flower in partial shade or up to 8 hours of direct sunlight but make sure to remove its spent flowers immediately so that the plant won’t get attacked by insects which are more likely to swarm around dead plants.
The best time for this type of plant to bloom is from May until June but they also have fruits that could be poisonous so children are cautious when handling them using their bare hands (if you plan on eating them).
26) Anemone Sylvestris ‘Madonna’ (Snowdrop Anemone)
If you want something that is unique and will look good in your garden, then Anemone Sylvestris ‘Madonna’ might just be the perfect choice for you. This kind of plant has buds with white petals streaked with gold at its edges. They usually bloom from April to May but you should remove their spent flowers immediately so that it doesn’t also get attacked by insects which are more likely to swarm around dead plants.
27) Anemone Hupehensis ‘Bressingham Glow’ (Japanese Anemone)
The best thing about growing Anemone Hupehensis ‘Bressingham Glow’ is that they can flower already in the spring. They have flowers with yellow petals which are deeper at their edges and darker at their center. They tend to bloom from March until April, which could be a bit too early for other types of windflower listed above but still a good choice if you want something unique.
28) Anemone Coronaria ‘Blue Poppy’ (Tree Anemone)
Anemone Coronaria ‘Blue Poppy’ is a type of windflower which belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. They are characterized by having flowers with white petals or sometimes pinkish-white. You can also find them in colors such as blue, rose, and lavender but make sure that you purchase the right variety for your garden since they also bloom at different times and grow differently. These plants generally bloom from April until May but it will be best if you remove their spent flowers immediately so that they won’t get attacked by insects which are more likely to swarm around dead plants.
The best place for growing this type of plant would be under trees and shrubs because they are not vulnerable to attack by Japanese beetles and slugs.
29) Anemone Coronaria ‘Mount Everest’ (Tree Anemone)
Anemone Coronaria ‘Mount Everest’ is a type of windflower that belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. It is characterized by having flowers with white petals or sometimes pinkish-white but make sure that you purchase the right variety for your garden since they also bloom at different times and grow differently. These plants generally bloom from April until May but it will be best if you remove their spent flowers immediately so that they won’t get attacked by insects which are more likely to swarm around dead plants.
The best place for growing this type of plant would be under trees and shrubs because they are not vulnerable to attack by Japanese beetles and slugs.
Cultivation of Windflowers
Windflowers plants grow best in partial shade and soils that are mildly enriched
Plant them in early spring before the last frost or in late autumn after the first frost, and make sure that you choose a soil where good drainage is present
You can plant them from cuttings of at least 50 mm long placed directly into the ground after they have been hardened for about 2 weeks. Pinch out any unwanted side shoots when you see them growing because pinching these off, it will enable the growth of new shoots with flowers
When planting this perennial, transplanting should be done very carefully so as to disturb its roots as little as possible if you want to ensure that they remain healthy throughout their lifecycle which is approximately 10 years. They grow best in areas that do not get too much sun but full-sun areas may also work well for them in some cases
Planting these perennials is something that can be done once a year, but you should also consider removing any seasonal flowering plants such as daylilies and daffodils because after they have flowered, the flower clusters will die off. The grass should then be cut down to about 3 inches from the ground so as to enable other plants to grow more easily and with no competition from weeds
The soil for this plant should be kept moist so that it does not dry out completely, which could kill the plant. You should do your best not to overwater or underwater the area where you planted them in order to ensure that they remain healthy all throughout the growing and the blooming process
Watering is important for the survival of these plants, but when you water them, make sure that the soil is allowed to dry before you provide them with more water. Windflowers also look perfect in containers and they can grow well by just sticking their roots into a container filled with potting soils which are then repotted every summer or autumn
Problems with Windflowers
As mentioned above, windflowers are usually planted from crowns that have been dug up from another site, meaning that the plant will most likely be carrying some disease or pests such as nematodes and phytophthora. You should not plant it immediately after receiving it because this could lead to an infestation of its new environment
It is important for one to be aware that the roots of this plant have the ability to send shoots out into the surroundings and these shoots can actually take root in another place. This could lead to some loss when it comes to growing new plants but cutting them off is not a problem because they will continue growing, just in another place
By planting wildflowers, you are ensuring that you have a beautiful cottage garden where people can stop by and take pictures or admire their beauty
Being a North American native perennial, it is suitable for xeriscaping as well as any other situation since it adapts pretty well in most conditions
The seeds which are produced from these flowers are considered poisonous so keep them away from animals such as birds or squirrels
If you want to ensure that your dog or cat does not eat the seeds, it is advisable for one to keep them away from any pets they may have since the toxicity of these seeds can be fatal to animals. They do not usually cause any problems in most humans but this is definitely something that must be kept in mind as a safety precaution
In some cases, the seeds could even be toxic for people so make sure that during harvest time, you take all necessary precautions to avoid ingesting any of those seeds and if you do eat them by accident, drink a lot of water in order to get rid of them
Taking care of windflowers is only difficult because one has to pay attention to where they are planted and also remove any dead plants so that they do not rot and attract any insects, bugs, or pests.
Those who want to make sure that the flowers continue growing well should cut down on their dead heads but if you leave them for some time, an attractive carpet of bright red color will begin to cover the ground which is a sight worth seeing
Windflowers are easy plants to grow once one plant has been planted because they have many advantages when it comes to landscaping as well as gardening in general
You can use windflowers in different ways such as planting large amounts of them together or placing individual plants here and there throughout your garden space.
Dealing With Pests and Diseases
It is important to make sure that you are equipped with the necessary tools and resources in order to deal with pests or diseases, which could mean using a pesticide that is approved for use on the type of windflower you have planted.
It is also important for one to be aware of the fact that there are various methods through which they can prevent any disease or pest from causing harm such as by removing dead plants, keeping weeds at bay, etc. This way, one will not have to spend large sums of money just trying to keep their plants alive.
This blog post has covered everything you need to know about the different types of Windflowers and some of the best places to use them. We hope that this post has provided you with useful information that will help you decide which flower is best for your needs.