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Shade Trees and Easy-Care Perennials

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Grape Leaf Anemone(6 of 12)

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

  • Tall, deciduous perennial noted for its pale purple-pink flowers in late summer to mid fall.

  • Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil.

  • Plant in full sun to partial shade.

  • May spread aggressively by rhizomes.

  • Height: 3-5 feet.

  • Width: to infinity.

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in spring.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in spring.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in spring.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch in fall; plant in light to partial shade; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in spring.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch in fall; plant in light to partial shade; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in spring.

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