This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Anemones which are among the oldest of garden favorites and which are highly prized in Europe, are very seldom met with in America even in large collections, yet all who see them when in bloom admit them to be far superior to many plants now cultivated by American amateurs and florists; one reason for this is that nearly all American catalogues speak of them of being difficult to cultivate, which fact my experience indicates to be a charge wholly unfounded, and one which has deprived our flower loving people of one of the grandest flowers in cultivation.
As a general rule, what few growers there are of the Anemone in America and many of those in Europe, only grow the common form of garden anemones. A. hortensis, varieties, known also as A. stellata. They grow these varieties to the almost total exclusion of the brilliant original species, such as A. coronaria, and while I would not have any one give up the beautiful. A. hortensis varieties, I would ask of them a fair share of patronage for the other varieties which are equally beautiful and far more brilliant.
A. coronaria is now to be had bearing double and single flowers of the most brilliant hues, running through many shades of scarlet, red, purple, white and variegated, and as there are some three hundred varieties of coronaria, the most difficult to please, can make a selection of them to suit the taste. I would have A. coronaria grown by every amateur in America.
A. fulgens, a native of Southern Europe, where it is said to dazzle the eyes with its brilliancy, is a most grand flower, being, when in bloom, a marvelous glow of intense crimson.
A. Japonica alba, known also as A. Honorine Jobert, is one of the grandest plants known to cultivators for full blooming, from late Summer until after heavy frost it is one grand perpetual mass of snowy bloom. There are other varieties of which I would speak, but space and time forbid.
A. coronaria can be set out and planted at nearly any season in the year. A. hortensis and nearly all other varieties can only be moved with safety in the Fall. If any of the Monthly readers wish further directions I will give them through the Monthly, or by mail if they will address me, enclosing a stamp for reply.