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Wild Swan anemone dying on me

I bought two established Wild Swan Anemone from the same supplier, both with good looking root systems.  Planted a foot apart in our chalky soil, in sun, treated exactly the same water/food etc.  Both died.  Bought 2 replacement plants, planted in the same place, one is thriving the other has died.  They are in a mixed flower bed with delphinium, dahlia etc all happily growing away.  Any ideas please?



  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,249
    In my admittedly limited experience of this plant, it needs a bit of shade to thrive, not full sun.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,623
    Or dappled shade, at least. Might not like your chalky soil, either, they need a richer soil and more water than than you might think, so beefing up the soil with compost/organic matter to improve it and aid moisture retention would help. 
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    I have mine in partial shade.   There has been a problem in the past few years with White Swan being affected by a virus.
    SW Scotland
  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    I bought A. 'Wild Swan' 3 years ago. It struggled through the first year, but then settled down and has flowered prolifically during late Spring and Summers since.
    It is in dappled shade, and moisture retentive, but free-draining alkaline soil.
    I top dress it annually with home-made compost.

    I think you had yours in the wrong location - have another go-it's a beautiful plant.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • maxdoublemaxdouble Posts: 2
    Thank you all.  Obviously the wrong place for them and having now found the label (doh) find it does indeed say full or partial shade!
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