Grow Japanese Anemones For Late Season Color

These attractive flowers begin to bloom towards the end of August and will continue to put on a show until the first frosts. Although known as Japanese anemones they are in fact native to China. The two to three inch wide flowers come in various forms and colors range from white through pink to purple. They are relatively low maintenance and long lived so what is not to like about these attractive plants? Well there is a but as Jennifer explains in her article which I came across on her Three Dogs In A garden website.

Though they are known as “Japanese” Anemones, this common name is actually a bit of a misnomer.
Sometime in the distant past, anemones were brought from their native China to Japan, where they naturalized in the wild. There the fall-blooming plants were discovered by European plant collectors and were mistakenly identified as a Japanese native.

Japanese Anemones in a private garden.

Windflower is another common name for Japanese Anemones and speaks to the delicate flowers that float and dance in the breeze on tall, slender stems. The flowers are two to three inches in size and come in single, semi-double and double forms. Colors range from pure white to pink, lavender and purple.
The plants themselves are long-lived and relatively low maintenance. Division is rarely needed.
They range in height from 2′-4′ (60 cm -120 cm).

Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

One of the great assets of these plants is their bloom time. They begin to flower in mid-to-late August and continue to do so until first frosts. As you can see in the picture above, the leaves on the trees have all turned color and the Japanese Anemones are still going strong.

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