The early-flowering Adonis amurensis heralds the arrival of spring with its bright yellow blooms. When fully open, the shinyare shapedlike bowls standing against a delicate background of matt green, finely cut . It is suitable for the front of a border or for brightening up a rock garden. A dwarf perennial, it reaches a height of 23-38cm (9-15in) with a spread of 30cm (1 ft). The variety ‘Flore Pleno’ has double yellow, green-centred and ferny .
Adonis will grow in any ordinary garden soil but thrives in a light soil, with leafmould added to retain moisture. Plant in a sunny or partially shaded site between mid summer and mid autumn, with the crowns 2.5cm (1 in) below the soil surface.
Propagation: Divide and replant in early autumn. Alternatively,in summer in boxes in a cold frame. Prick out into when large enough to handle and grow on for a year. Transplant into nursery rows and grow on for another year before placing in permanent positions.
Pests and diseases: Adonis is generally trouble free.