ANEMONE Japanese Anemone

Don’t confuse the low-growing, brightly flowered Anemones raised from small corms with the Japanese Anemones which are found in the herbaceous border. A. japonica is a tall plant – 2 to 4 ft high, with saucer-shaped flowers and deeply-lobed leaves. The 2 in. blooms appear from August until the first frosts of October – white- or pink-petalled with a central boss of golden stamens. It is slow to establish and hardiness can be a problem in a severe winter – do not remove the dead stems until spring as they provide some protection.

VARIETIES: Several named varieties of A. japonica (A. hybrida) are available – leave 1 ft (shorter types) or 1.5 ft (tall types) between the plants. In the short-growing group are ‘Bressingham Glow’ (rose-red) and’September Charm’(pink), reaching about 2 ft. and the popular semi-double pink variety ‘Queen Charlotte’ grows about 2.5 ft high. There are several whites in the tall group (3-4ft) – ‘White Giant’, ‘Louise Uhink’ and ‘Honorine Jobert’.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Clumps can be divided in spring but Anemones do not like disturbance. Take root cuttings in winter.

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