September’s plant of the month is the Japanese anemone, a real star of the border at this time of year. You usually associate woodland plants which enjoy shade with the spring – but Japanese anemones come into their own in early autumn, as other more summery plants are beginning to fade and just when you need a new injection of colour.
We currently have a splendid stock of the shorter and daintier A. hupehensis varieties; which have semi-double and double types. ‘Praecox’, for example, with powder-pink petals around a yellow boss. In addition to ‘Praecox’ we are currently stocking ‘September Charm’, ‘Serenade’, ‘Spendens’ and ‘Queen Charlotte’.
Japanese anemones are best planted right now, when they also happen to be in full flower – so you know exactly what you’re getting. Come down to our garden centre and have a browse, then choose your favourite, from deepest plum-pink ‘Prinz Heinrick’ to the truly lovely pale pink ‘Bowles Pink’ or double white ‘Whirlwind’ which has cup shaped, semi double white flowers on erect stems. ‘Honorine Jobert’ is another very popular white semi double flowering anemone, proving you with colour right through October. All are incredibly tough and hardy and in time will spread into a carpet of spectacular late-season colour. Don’t be too quick to dead-head those long-lasting blooms, though: the neat lime-green bobbles which follow are very pretty too.