Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
These new wind flowers are considered to be amongst the most outstanding perennial plants to be released this century. Raised by Scottish nurserywoman, Elizabeth McGregor, these plants stay where they are planted and don’t spread like Japanese windflowers. They also start flowering earlier and bloom longer. You can expect the first flowers around Christmas and the last well into autumn. All of the Swan Series need “rich and fertile soil which does not become too dry.” Dappled shade would be best in all but higher rainfall hills gardens.
This was the first of Elizabeth McGregor’s selections to be raised and was first shown at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 where it was awarded the Chelsea 2011 Plant of the Year. “Elegant white flowers 7-9cm. across are held well above attractive neat green foliage, each flower has lilac-blue bands on the reverse of the petal and at twilight closes to a nodding lilac-blue and white bell.” ‘Wild Swan’ will grow about 50cm tall by 40cm across.