Japanese anemones are the star plants of autumn borders

Japanese anemones make a beautiful addition to autumn borders but they can be invasive. Follow our top tips and grow them with confidence

  • Plant in late spring when the soil is moist and warm
  • Choose a site that’s in partial or light shade
  • Grow in soil that’s rich in organic matter and moist – but not wet
  • Water your new plants in well, but if the soil is too wet, they may die during their first winter. Once that hurdle is safely passed they should start making good-sized clumps
  • Keep an eye on any that do exhibit thuggish behaviour and dig out the parts that are spreading out of control, in spring before any new shoots start sprouting
  • They can be attacked by leaf and bud eelworm: pick off infected leaves and buds and destroy them

 

TOP VARIETIES TO GROW

‘Hadspen Abundance’
Unusual and beautiful two-tone pink anemone with a darkish bronze foliage. 3ft (1m)
‘Honorine Jobert’
Well-known and well-loved variety with neat pure white flowers from round pink-flushed buds. It’s one of the tallest at 4-5ft (1.3-1.8m)
‘Bowles’s Pink’
Selected by plantsman E A Bowles, this has regular petals of a deep-pink and flowers at around 3ft (1m)
‘Whirlwind’
A pretty, double-white form that will continue flowering through the first frosts. Eventual height of 3-4ft (1-1.3m)
‘Pamina’
Newish variety with double flowers with reddish-purple petals and very pretty. Compact at just under 3ft (80cm) and clumps quite slowly

 

WHERE TO BUY

The better-known varieties are widely available from garden centres. Or try the following nurseries
(mail order):

Beeches Nursery, Essex
Tel: 01799 584362, www.beechesnursery.co.uk

World’s End Nursery, Worcestershire
Tel: 01905 640977, www.worldsendgarden.co.uk