As the darker nights of autumn creep in and the sunny summer garden plants wind down, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), has picked the Japanese Anemone as its Plant of the Month for September to keep light and life in the garden.
Known as the Windflower, the Japanese Anemone blooms reliably every year from August through to October producing pink and white flowers. It is great for lighting up a dark corner of the garden and is highly recommended as a good performing autumn flowering perennial. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or shade, the Japanese Anemone is also a great choice for beginners.
The Japanese Anemone is a firm favourite of award winning Gardeners’ World photographer, Jason Ingra. He says, “Japanese Anemones are extremely photogenic flowers. They are a ‘must have’ border plant for the autumn and put on a fantastic display in the period where most gardens are starting to look tired and over”.
Recommended RHS AGM varieties include:
Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’
Anemone hupehensis ‘September Charm’
Japanese anemone ‘Queen Charlotte’
Those looking for companion plants to complement the Japanese Anemone in the garden are recommended to try:
Acer palmatum japonicum dissectum atropurpureum
Pyracantha ‘Red Column’
Nominated and agreed upon by British growers and retailers, the HTA’s Plant of the Month campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good each month.
For more details, please visit www.the-hta.org.uk/plantofthemonth