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Ladybrook Nursery’s top 7 recommended Japanese anemones

When you think of spring and the plants associated with that season, the very last plant you would probably be thinking about would be the Japanese anemone. After all, Japanese anemones are plants normally associated with late summer and early autumn blooming; a time when the majority of other flowering garden plants have passed their best. So why mention anemones now then? Well, the simple answer is that spring, particularly the period from late March to early April, is the perfect time of year for planting and dividing anemone plants.

Why plant anemones? Well, anemones produce masses of saucer-shaped white and pink blooms in late summer at a time when most other flowering plants are starting to fade. They produce elegant branching stems and palmate foliage, and can grow up to a height of 1.5 metres, so are superb for adding structure and height to the back of garden borders. Japanese anemones will grow in all fertile sunny or semi-shaded borders, and are versatile plants, looking stunning in both cottage garden-themed borders and woodland gardens

Caring for Japanese anemones

As Asian native plants, anemones are used to summer rainfall and good winter drainage. So they fare best when planted in fertile soil that does not become waterlogged in winter. When planting Japanese anemones add organic matter to the soil: this could be garden compost or well-rotted farmyard manure. This organic matter will add air and retain moisture in summer, as well as improving drainage in winter. Anemones take time to establish themselves, so water them well in their first growing season (between April and August) to help them bed in.

Ladybrook Nursery’s top 7 recommended Japanese anemones

Anemone x. hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’

Anemone x hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’ is an award-winning fabulous plant, bringing colour to the garden in late summer and autumn. ‘Queen Charlotte’ produces masses of large, pink, cup shaped flowers on tall, wiry stems from August to October, along with vine-like, dark green, and semi-evergreen foliage. Once established ‘Queen Charlotte’ will spread forming majestic clumps.

Type: perennial

Height: 1.5m

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: large pale pink with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’


Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ produces masses of elegant, cup-shaped, white flowers with yellow stamens on tall, wiry stems from August to October. The leaves are vine-like, dark green, and semi-evergreen.  Grow in any garden soil in full sun or partial shade. Avoid excessively wet winter conditions and transplanting. Tends spread rapidly once established.

Type: perennial

Height: 1.2m

Foliage: semi-evergreen, dark green

Flower colour: white with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone x hybrida ‘Montrose’

Anemone x hybrida ‘Montrose’ produces larger than average soft pink blooms with yellow stamens, each with up to 40 quilled petals, from August to October on top of wiry upright stems from late summer to mid-autumn. ‘Montrose’ is also interesting for its foliage too, as it has a distinctly ruffled appearance. ‘Montrose’ is a reliable plant requiring little maintenance: plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, fertile humus-rich soil.

Type: perennial

Height: 1.25m

Foliage: dark green ruffled

Flower colour: large soft pink with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’


Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ is a slowly spreading, rhizomatous perennial with largely evergreen, lobed leaves and producing tall sprays of double white, daisy flowers with yellow stamens from late summer through autumn. One of the showiest and most compact Japanese Anemone cultivars. ‘Whirlwind’ will grow in any situation but is at its best in light shade, where it can be left to form clumps in garden borders producing fresh white double flowers at a time when other plants start to fade.

Type: perennial

Height: 1.5m

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: white with bright yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone euphensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’


Anemone huphensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’ is a clump-forming perennial producing masses of rich, deep, purplish-pink flowers with five rounded tepals from August to October above leaves composed of three ovate leaflets. ‘Hadspen Abundance’ is a beautiful specimen plant in a woodland garden or border, though when planted in masses, it has a tendency can overwhelm other plants and can eventually become something of a nuisance in a bed id left unchecked. Plant in Moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade.

Type: perennial

Height: 1.5m

Foliage: semi-evergreen, dark green

Flower colour: deep pink semi-double with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone huphensis ‘Prinz Heinrich’

‘Prinz Heinrich’ is a RHS award-winning anemone producing generously sized semi-double flowers of a rich, rosy mid-pink with yellow stamens from August to October above attractively divided green leaves. As a hupehensis variety, ‘Prinz Heinrich’ it is not as tall as some other hybrids, growing about 60-90cm tall, but if left unchecked it will quickly spread to forms clumps and can become invasive. Plant in sun or partial shade in rich, moist humus-rich soil.

Type: perennial

Height: 75cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: rose-purple semi-double with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Anemone huphensis ‘September Charm’

Anemone huphensis ‘September Charm’ is an old established upright herbaceous perennial with broad, divided green leaves, producing masses of pale rosy-pink, single flowers with yellow/green centres from late August to October. ‘September Charm’ prefers part-shaded sites though will happily grow in full sun.  Plant in any soil which will not become waterlogged in winter. Will spread extensively once established. Once established ‘September Charm’ dislikes being moved.

Type: perennial

Height: 90cm

Foliage: dark green purple-tinted

Flower colour: rosy-pink with yellow stamens

Flowering: summer to autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

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