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Anemones: Delicate In Appearance, But Hardy And Easy To Maintain

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This perennial grows about 4 feet tall and will bloom until the frost comes.

With daisy-like flowers growing on thin, leggy stems, Japanese anemonesare also known by the poetic moniker, "wind flower." This perennial not only looks beautiful in your landscape, it's also hardy and easy to maintain. 

Japanese anemones grow to about four feet tall and will bloom till frost. Bees and butterflies love them, too, and they grow well in full shade, though must have moist, well-drained soil.

Do note, however, that they can get aggressive and take over your garden space. In the spring you'll need to prune them or divide them. This gives you the chance to place the plants you've separated in other portions of your lawn or landscape.

Q: I live in Montpelier. I want to grow hardy roses. — Chandralaka, in Montpelier

Look to the north! The Canadians have been breeding cold, hardy roses for years. Try the Canadian Explorer series, or if you want some really tough ones, try the Parkland Series from Manitoba — they're hardy to Zone 3 and Zone 4. Or try the damask rose and rosa rugosa, which are old-fashioned varieties that only bloom once in summer but will last through the winter.

For delicate roses, put down some mulch around the base of the plant and they will overwinter that way, then in spring, remove the mulch, cut off the dead growth and get ready for new blooms!

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Mary Williams Engisch is a local host on All Things Considered.
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, radio and TV show host, consultant, and speaker. Charlie is the host of All Things Gardening on Sunday mornings at 9:35 during Weekend Edition on Vermont Public. Charlie is a guest on Vermont Public's Vermont Edition during the growing season. He also offers garden tips on local television and is a frequent guest on national programs.
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