Japanese Anemones are such pretty plants to have in my garden. With their long stems and delicate flowers that ripple in the breeze, it’s easy to see why they are known as Windflowers.
I have a pot of pink ones, that I brought with me from my previous garden but haven’t yet transplanted into the ground here. That’s on my to-do list but, in the meantime, I am delighted that there are so many already in my garden.
Most are pink – both light and dark. They spread easily by rhizome and are not difficult to divide and transplant so I’ll be moving some around the garden.
Last year, I bought a white Windflower and it has established well in the garden and is bursting with buds. No flowers have opened yet but I inspect it each day to look for the first unfurling of petals. Anticipation is half of the pleasure, I think!
I expect to have plants to share next spring – spreading my love of these gorgeous flowers won’t be difficult.
Japanese Anemones snapshot
Ideal situation: best in partial shade but will grow in full sun
Dislikes: too much shade will lead to leggy plants that flop easily
Suitable for: borders or cottage gardens
Needs: moist but well-drained soil
Maintenance: cut flower heads for use in vases indoors. Cut plants back in late autumn.
Propagation: Divide rhizomes in early spring and transplant.
Fun fact: although native to China, they have been cultivated in Japan for hundreds of years, hence the name Japanese Anemones.