How to grow Japanese anemones

Our site is reader supported, this means we may earn a small commission when you buy through links on our site.

How to grow Japanese anemones

How to grow Japanese anemones

Last Updated on

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, or white. You can find single or double flowers all of which both yellow centres. They’ve nicknamed the Windflower because of how easily they dance in the wind. These particular flowers differ from bulbing anemones which otherwise bloom in Spring. The Japanese anemone is a perennial that blooms in the Autumn so you can enjoy a range of colour at the end of summer so 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 dancing 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.

Anemone WILD SWAN 'Macane001': garden tested, hardy perennial plant supplied in a half litre pot Anemone Wild Swan – Available from

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 house so that they have extra protection against the winter weather. They make for great flowers 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 at full maturity, 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 springtime once there is no longer a risk of frost. The roots don’t like to dry out so you need to make sure where you plant them they will be able to stay moist, something you can help 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 meter from one another as they do quickly fill out and area.

They prefer moist well-drained soil

As long as the soil is well-drained hanging and stays moist Japanese anemones are quite forgiving. This means you don’t have 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

Image credit –

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.

Support taller varieties with canes

The Japanese anemones can grow over one meter 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, divided 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 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 will be allowed to spread naturally. If you need to pair them with other plants to fill the garden space, you can do ornamental grasses, hosta, even monkshood.

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”.
Bestseller No. 1
Anemone tomentosa Robustissimae - Japanese Anemone Plant in 9 cm Pot
  • Anemone tomentosa Robustissima is a delightful and very hardy Japanese Anemone
  • Produces a long succession of neat, cup shaped, soft pink single flowers, with a distinct central boss of golden stamens
  • Flowers in abundance in later summer well into autumn when few other plants are in flower
  • Easy to grow in full sun or semi shade
  • Prefers moist well drained soil and grows will in chalky soils
Bestseller No. 2
GARTHWAITE NURSERIES® : - Potted 1 Litre Hupehensis Honorine Jobert (Japanese Anemone) Late Garden Summer Perennial
Bestseller No. 3
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.
Bestseller No. 4
Anemone hybrida Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone white flowers loved by bees 9cm pot FREE DELIVERY
  • Pure white flowers, loved by bees. RHS Award Of Garden Merit.
  • Flowers from August to the end of October. Japanese Anemone.
  • Vigorous grower, semi evergreen.
  • Hardy Perennial plant. Suitable for sun, semi shade and shaded positions
  • Superb planted in borders or woodland gardens
Bestseller No. 5
Anemone hybrida Whirlwind Japanese Anemone white double flowers 9cm pot FREE DELIVERY
  • Pure white double 6cm wide flowers with yellow centres
  • Flowers from August to end of September
  • Vigorous grower, ideal for partialy shaded areas
  • Hardy Perennial plant, Japanese Anemone
  • Superb planted in borders or woodland gardens
Bestseller No. 6
Ultrey Seed House - 50 pcs Autumn Anemone Seeds Rare Flower Seeds Anemone with Large, Cup-Shaped Flowers. Blooms to The Frost Perennial for Garden Balcony/Terrace
  • A richly flowering and very attractive autumn anemone, which later forms larger groups. This perennial thrives z. B. good in shady areas of woods or walls and develops easily to attractive splashes of color. Good effect with other shade perennials, grasses and ferns.
  • Enduring, uncomplicated, robust and yet very delicate. The fall anemone Serenade shows you from autumn to frost masses of semi-filled, pale pink flowers on sturdy long stems of overwhelming beauty.
  • Their large cup-shaped flowers with yellow center are inimitable delicate, but are extremely stable and weatherproof. The blossoms of this autumn anemone are getting more and more beautiful from year to year - an indispensable asset to your garden.
  • In the garden, these anemones with their height of 10 to 15 cm are well suited as early flowering plants in a bright sunny spot in partial shade. As soon as the snow melts, the pretty, star-shaped flowers come to light.
  • The perfect plant for hot, dry borders and rockeries. Short, shiny, deep green foliage that breaks out into a true sea of ​​flowers in mid-May. The plants are covered by spectacular purple flowers with long, white centers that bloom throughout the summer until the first frost. Very popular with butterflies.
Bestseller No. 7
Yukio SEED CORNER - 5pcs Rare Poppy Anemone Mixture Japanese Anemone Easy to Grow Garden, Exotic Flower Seeds Hardy Perennial
  • A low growing tuberous perennial, which is much-loved for its large, black-eyed, violet-blue flowers, which appear in spring over mounds of finely dissected foliage.
  • The velvet-like petals form large open bowls, and gradually open out even further before they fall to create saucer-like plates.
  • Try it as an underplanting for Asiatic Lilies; it will extend the Lilies' season of bloom and shade their feet from the hot sun.
  • Anemones make charming cut flowers and look lovely at the front of a sunny border.
  • This anemone will also put on a great seasonal display in a patio pot or windowbox.
Bestseller No. 10
YouGarden Hardy Anemone 'Wild Swan
  • Awarded the prestigious plant of the year award at the 2011 Chelsea flower show.
  • It is very much sought after as initial production numbers had been very low.
  • Extremely vigorous and long flowering yet non invasive and well behaved.
  • The first of it's kind for a hardy Japanese anemone - very limited stocks.
  • Supplied as a well established plant in a 3L Pot, 30-50cm tall, in bud And flower.

Image credits –

Last update on 2020-06-05 at 16:22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

No comments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.