The Beguiling Japanese Anemone

January 16, 2013 – 07:19 am

If you think fall is the season for only mums and asters, then you haven’t been introduced to Japanese anemones. The flowers are at their peak performance in late summer through late fall and add a tall, late blooming accent to the garden in pink, rose or white. The light level for these perennials is crucial for their continued success. Part sun is the professional recommendation to spare them the damaging effects of afternoon sun which can burn the foliage and at its worst can eventually kill the plant.

Be also warned that Japanese anemones take a while to establish but once they get going, they can begin to get aggressive and crowd out less aggressive perennials. They spread by underground runners which can be difficult to control so some people think it should only used in a place where it can be contained. three years to thwart its aggressive nature . So I’d recommend contacting your local nurseryman to see how they recommend growing it in you area.

They are reliably hardy to zone 6 and up to zone 4 with significant winter protection.They average around 4′ and are a stout, upright perennials. They require a rich, uniformly moist soil and do not tolerate drought conditions where the foliage will begin to die and render a messy, ugly looking plant. So be kind to them with water especially during the summer. Ideally, the deep green, highly ridged foliage keeps the plant looking beautiful all season long. They are deer resistant and make great cutflowers.


Anemone 'Queen Charlotte'
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  • Common Name: Japanese Anemone
  • Blooms in: Late summer - Autumn
  • Height: 36
  • 3 Pots
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  • Ships dormant in winter - late spring
  • Zone:4-8

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Make sure to plant them in rich soil with good drainage. Amend the soil well with compost or other amendment and "plant them high" so that they don't sink below the level of the surrounding soil later on. If you live in a warm inland area, protect them from too much sun. No matter where they are, they should be sheltered from the wind (which will also allow their fragance to linger). Mine are planted in a courtyard, and in pots next to windows, so that we can smell them on warm summer days.
Gardenias require regular watering and thrive in humidity, so they are happiest planted among other water-loving plants

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