A firm favourite in the garden, the Japanese Anemone’s tall spikes of flowers in shades of pink and brilliant white offer colour right into the autumn. Japanese Anemone is one of 120 species of perennial flowers within the Anemone group.
Clump forming perennials, the Anemone hupehensis (Japanese Anemone) have abundant basal growth with green, usually quite dark, palmated leaves. They prefer a well-drained soil and will tolerate both full sun and partial shade. The flower stalks stand tall above the basal growth and some can reach a height of up to 1.5m.
They flower from August right through to October in various shades of pink and white. Their flowers usually bear 5 rounded petals surrounding a centre of contrasting yellow stamens.
Despite its name, its origins are Chinese; more precisely it comes from the eastern province of Hupeh.Paraic HorkanThe misnomer most probably occurred given its huge popularity throughout Japan for many centuries. Anemone hupehensis was brought to Europe in the 1840’s.
Three of the most popular varieties in Ireland are:
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ – with a height and spread of up to 1.5m, Honorine Jobert bears pure white single flowers of 6-9 tepals and contrasting yellow stamens.
Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’ – a smaller variety maturing to about 75cm but exceptionally pretty, September Charm bears pink flowers, pale on the inside and darker on the reverse, which are slightly cupped in comparison to other varieties.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ – possibly one of the favourites of Irish gardeners, Whirlwind has a mature height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m with large semi-double white flowers with petals which curl outwards at the edge.