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How to grow Japanese Anemones

Last updated on April 3rd, 2022

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If you want to have a late summer flowering garden, Japanese Anemones are a great addition. The flowers are held up on wiry stems and can be found in a variety of colours including pink, lavender, and white. You can find single or double flowers, all of which have yellow centres. They’ve been nicknamed the ‘Windflower’ because of how easily they dance in the wind.

These particular flowers differ from bulbing Anemones that otherwise bloom in spring. The Japanese Anemone is a perennial that flowers in the autumn so you can enjoy a range of colour at the end of summer, as long as you have an area that has moist soil with partial sun.

Native to China, these flowers were heavily cultivated in Japanese Gardens where they were seen first by European explorers during the 17th century. The late summer flowers and the dark green foliage that danced with the wind made them particularly attractive. They grow well in full sun or partial shade and can be quite tall so they will fill up the back of a layered space effectively. They spread via rhizomes but, you can remove errant plants easily in the spring.

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Where to Plant Japanese Anemones

If you live in a colder area, you should plant your Japanese Anemones close to a structure such as a fence or a wall, or a house so that they have extra protection against the winter weather. They make great perennials to plant along the border of your home or outdoor shed. If you don’t have such a space available you can grow them in a large container suitable to the size of the root system (once fully established) and place them in areas like patios or balconies where they still get that added protection thanks to the structures around the containers. 

Anemone Japonica Queen Charlotte Plant in 17cm Pot. WindflowerAnemone Japonica Queen Charlotte

When to Plant

You should plant new Japanese Anemones in the spring once there is no longer a risk of frost. The roots don’t like to dry out so you need to make sure wherever you plant them they will be able to stay moist, something you can provide with a little extra mulch. They do best with humus-rich soil and a mixture of compost. If you are planting more than one, space them out approximately 1/2 metre from one another because they do quickly fill out and area.

They prefer moist well-drained soil

As long as the soil is well-drained and stays moist, Japanese Anemones are quite forgiving. This means you don’t need to go out of your way to test the pH level or amend slightly sandy or clay-like soil. However, you still need to give them some regular care no matter the soil type. 

Maintaining Japanese Anemones

Firstly, they will need compost in the spring. Secondly, to help with moisture retention and to prevent weeds from taking over you should add bark mulch every season around the base of the plant.

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Support taller varieties with canes

Some varieties of Japanese Anemones can grow to over one metre in height and if you have the double-flowered varieties you might need to add some canes or some sort of support to prevent them from falling over.

Dividing plants

They will spread runners underground so after the first few years, you can divide an existing plant and transplant them elsewhere. To do this dig up the entire plant at the beginning of spring, divide them into fist-sized new plants, and replant them in similar conditions.

Learn more about dividing Japanese Anemones in this guide here

Winter care

In the winter, when the frost has killed the plants, you can cut them back to ground level and add compost over the top. Rest assured, they will come back in the spring just fine.

They do best when you grow them in groups and give them room to spread. They will also attract butterflies so you can add them to a wildlife garden or other woodland area where they can be allowed to spread naturally. If you need to pair them with other plants to fill the garden space, you can choose from ornamental grasses, hosta, and even monkshood, just to name a few.

Recommended Varieties

  • If you want a white coloured variety that is an heirloom flower, “Honorine Jobert” is best. 
  • If you want a double, rose-pink variety, choose “Bressingham Glow”.
  • For more limited space, there is a white variety that is slightly smaller called “Whirlwind”.
  • If you want a touch of lavender, you can grow the “Kriemhilde”.
  • For pink, semi-double flowers, try “Max Vogel”.
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You Garden - Hardy Japanese Anemone Perennial Plant Collection 3 Colours in 9cm Pots
  • These stunning plants will light up your garden with breath-taking late displays!
  • Perfect for beds and borders, they'll produce an abundance of large, pretty flowers.
  • Each will rise up from the attractive foliage and open up to show elegant, satin-like petals.
  • Varieties included 1 each of : Whirlwind, Prinz Heinrich AGM & Queen Charlotte AGM.
  • Supplied as a pack of 3 potted plants in 9cm pots. Flowers: August-October Height/Spread: 1.2m (4ft)
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Anemone Japanese Tomentosa 'Serenade' Perennial XXL Supersize Plug Plants Pack x3
  • This anemone grows in sun or shade
  • Perennial
  • Pack of three XXL supersize plug plants ( over 50mm rootbase)
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Anemone Plant - Fantasy Jasmine | Deciduous Flowering Outdoor Garden Perennial (20-30cm Incl. Pot)
  • Latin Name: Anemone hupehensis 'Fantasy Jasmine'
  • Common Name: Japanese Anemone 'Fantasy Jasmine'
  • Characteristics: Deciduous perennial, pink flowers, blooms from late summer to early autumn, relatively hardy, easy to grow
  • Plant Advice: Your new Anemone Fantasy Jasmine will thrive when situated in full sun or partial shade. Flourishes best in moist but well drained soil and its robust nature is ideal for both exposed and sheltered areas. Cut back in late autumn and provide mulch cover over the winter to keep the plant healthy and looking its best.
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Anemone Plant Honorine Jobert - Japanese Anemone | Deciduous Garden Perennial (20-30cm Incl. Pot)
  • Latin Name: Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
  • Common Name: Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
  • Characteristics: Deciduous perennial, white flowers with bright yellow stamens, blooms from late summer to early autumn, hardy
  • Plant Advice: Your new Anemone Honorine Jobert will thrive when situated in full sun or partial shade. Flourishes best in moist but well drained soil and its robust nature is ideal for both exposed and sheltered areas. Cut back in late autumn and provide mulch cover over the winter to keep the plant healthy and looking its best.
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Anemone Japanese × Hybrida 'Whirlwind' Perennial XXL Supersize Plug Plants Pack x3
  • A fabulous plant for brightening up the garden in late summer
  • Perennial
  • Pack of three super-size plug plants (approx 50mm root base)
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Anemone Wild Swan White Flowering Perennial Plants Outdoor Garden Plant in Pot (15-30cm Incl. Pot)
  • Characteristics: An exciting new Anemone variety, this herbaceous perennial flowers intermittently from May to November. The white petals have grey-blue streaks on their underside which give them a bluish tint when half closed.
  • Growth and Spread: Can reach an ultimate height and spread of 40 - 60cm.
  • Period of Interest: White and blue tinged flowers bloom intermittently from May to November.
  • Water and Maintenance: Plant in full sun or partial shade. The Anemone requires a moist, fertile, humus rich soil. Keep the soil moist and do not let it dry out!
Bestseller No. 8
Japanese Anemone Potted Hardy Plant, Shade Tolerant Perennials, Summer & Autumn Flowering, Cottage Gardens, Anemone Whirlwind Plant in a 1 litre Pot x2 by Thompson & Morgan (2)
  • Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ is a hardy perennial plant with tall stems and white flowers during late summer. Easy to grow and shade tolerant, great for cottage gardens.
  • A tall, vigorous Japanese Anemone which produces abundant flowers from late summer to autumn every year. Swaying stems, perfect for creating a breezy effect in borders.
  • Easy to grow in most soils and conditions including sunny or partially shaded borders. Returns every year and establishes over time forming natural swathes.
  • 2 x 1 litre Pot.
Bestseller No. 9
Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' : Garden Tested, Hardy Perennial Plant Supplied in a Half Litre Pot
  • About this cultivar (or species): Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' is one of the most famous Anemone cultivars that was discovered in Verdun, France in 1858. It has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Large white flowers with a green centre and yellow stamens top off quite a large plant that sometimes grows 4 ft tall. Can brighten up a shady wall, like in our garden.
  • About this genus: Anemone is a herbaceous perennial genus that contains over 100 species that are native to temperate habitats all over the world. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Anemone means "daughter of the wind" in ancient Greek– hence we sometimes call it 'Windflower'. The Metamorphoses of Ovid tells us that the plant was created by the goddess Venus when she sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead lover Adonis. Dramatic...
  • Depending on the species or cultivar Anemone can flower in different colours at different times of the year. Tuberous Anemone species generally flower in spring (eg: Anemone nemorosa), Mediterranean Anemone species flower in summer (eg: Anemone coronaria) and the larger, fibrous rooted Anemone species flower in autumn(eg: Anemone hupehensis). We stock quite a few of the species so read the description carefully!
  • Some Anemone species have their preferences regarding soil and location. However in our garden trials we have found cultivars that are not fussy and should happily grow in most garden locations; these are the ones we are selling here.
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade Soil: Almost any soil - grows well in Ballyrobert! Flowers: August, September, October Other features: Woodland Plant, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM) Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert! Habit: Clump forming Foliage: Deciduous Height: 90 - 1.20 cm (3 - 4 ft) Spread: 45 - 75 cm (1.5 - 2.5 ft) Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial Image Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons
Bestseller No. 10
Anemone hupehensis 'Japanese Anemone' 15 Seeds, Japanese Windflower
  • Tall-growing Japanese Anemone with rose or mauve flowers. 3-4 ft tall
  • Easy to grow plants bloom from August to October and are winter hardy to zone 4.
  • Sow seeds in cell packs or 2 in. pots, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 60-65° F., germination is usually within 4-5 weeks. If not, put pot inside a zip-lock bag and place in refrigerator for 3 weeks. Remove container and return to 60-65°F. to germinate.

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