I love the big, fiery flowers of dahlias and sunflowers at this time of year, but if you’re after late summer flowers with a bit of understated elegance, Japanese anemones fit the bill perfectly.
The flowers are white or pink and carry on right through to autumn, the sizes vary from tall types with a light, airy look to more compact sizes that are about 80 cm tall. This means that you can choose to have a big patch of them at the back of a border or mix them in with other plants like penstemons and short ornamental grasses nearer the front.
How to grow them:
They will grow in sun or part-shade and like good, fertile soil damp soil, but really don’t like water-logged soil. Plant them in autumn or early spring adding plenty of soil conditioner type compost to the planting hole, and be careful not to let the soil dry out during their first spring and summer.
My favourites are:
Anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert:
1.2m tall x 1.2m wide.
Definately one for the back of the border and looks best in part shade, she happens to be very stylish, but I’d probably want to grow her just for the pretty name.
Anemone hupehensis Bowles Pink:
80cm tall x 80cm wide.
This one has lovely two-tone pink petals.
all images: Jill Anderson