Garden flowers : Dainty Japanese Anemones…

February 18, 2013 – 02:33 pm

Japanese-Anemone-FloweronaThis month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with garden designer Lisa Cox, features Japanese Anemones.

What lovelier a way to add interest to your garden this autumn than with these dainty flowers?

Ranging in colour from delicate white to deep pink, their charming cup-shaped blooms look stunning in drifts in borders.

Their peak season is from late summer until early autumn and some cultivars can reach up to 3ft in height.

Japanese-Anemone-FloweronaPart of the Buttercup family, they’re fully hardy and prefer full sun or partial shade.

Japanese Anemones are also known as Anemone x hybrida and Anemone hupehensis.

Their flowers can either be single, semi-double or double. Examples of popular varieties are:

  • ‘Pretty Lady Julia’ with double, deep pink blooms
  • ‘September Charm’ with light rose-pink blooms
  • ‘Honorine Jobert’ with white blooms
  • ‘Hadspen Abundence’ with deep purplish pink blooms

Once the flowers have faded, it’s best to cut back the stalks of the plant.

If necessary, you can lift and divide congested clumps in early spring as soon as the foliage emerges.

Bear in mind that if you do pop down to your garden centre this weekend to buy some Japanese Anemones, that they can take a year or two to settle in your garden.

Japanese-Anemone-Flowerona Anemone-'Honorine-Jobert' - Lisa Cox Japanese-Anemone-Flowerona Japanese-Anemone-Flowerona

Source: flowerona.com


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I learn the hard way, unfortunately

I don't just go to class, I test and learn in the field. Because I though I knew better, I figured I could bend the rules.
In fall four years ago I sheet-mulched over a bed full of Agapanthus and Japanese Anemones. I spread a 5 inch layer of compost (two strikes) over newspaper. We'd spread compost (in a one to two inch layer) over a client's soil for years as a sort-of "mulch." What could go wrong?
Although I carefully covered the soil, the Anemone had already reached the bed's perimeter and enmeshed itself amongst the Box edging. I cut down and dug out as much of the Agapanthus as I could before I sheeted



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