Japanese anemones are valuable plants for late summer and autumn. Its blooms bring wonderful, soft colours to the garden. They are easy, dependable and don’t need staking.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’
There are many good varieties. Anemone x hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’, also known as Königin Charlotte’, produces masses of pale-pink, semi-double flowers on tall stems above dark, green leaves. Grows to 1-1,5m.
Anemone hupehensis ‘Prinz Heinrich’
Smaller at 0,7- o,8m, Anemone hupehensis ‘Prinz Heinrich’ bears pinkish-purple, semi-double flowers with divided green leaves.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
For white-flowering choose Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’. This hugely popular Japanese anemone has white single flowers with a conspicuous golden-yellow centre. It grows to 1m tall. Or for semi-double, white flowers, choose Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’.
Great choice for lightening up a partially, shady corner of the garden.
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
‘Wild Swan’ has beautiful, white flowers with a blue reverse. It prefers dappled shade. Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ has a long flowering season from May to October. Expect a height of 40-50cm.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ Anemone x hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’
Pruning Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida / Anemone hupehensis). Cut back the faded flower stems in late autumn. Remove old, dead leaves in early spring to allow new fresh growth to emerge.
Where to plant Japanese anemones
They grow best in partial shade or full sun, in humus-rich, moist but reasonably well-drained soil. Japanese anemones are long-lived perennials. So they come back every year.
How and when to divide Japanese anemones. The best time to divide these plants is in early spring. Dig up a large clump. Divide the clump into two or three pieces.
Replant divisions and water thoroughly. If you replant the divided pieces in the same spot, improve the soil with compost or leaf mould.