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Great Design Plant: Japanese Anemone

By fall, most people have resigned themselves to saying goodbye to blooms in their perennial gardens. There are lots of choices for fall blossoms beyond chrysanthemums. The Japanese anemone is a gorgeous plant that provides abundant foliage throughout summer and spring, then explodes with tall white blossoms in the fall. Whether you are placing them in a clump, liner a fencing or incorporating white blossoms into the fall garden, these beauties are worth looking into.

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Botanical name: Anemone hupehensis
Shared name: Chinese or Japanese anemone
USDA zones: 4 to 2 (find your zone)
Water necessity: Needs moist but well-drained soil
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade. The further south you are, vice versa, and the more colour they need.
Mature size: 1 to 5 feet high
Benefits and tolerances: Could survive cold winters
Seasonal interest: The bottom of this plant has lovely leaves from late spring through summer, then the white blossoms bloom in autumn.
When to plant: Historical fall or spring after the last frost

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Distinguishing traits: What separates this anemone from so many others is that it is a drop bloomer, offering rare white blossoms after several other summertime blooms have expired. Some hybrids and variations have blossoms in a range of pinks and lavender.

The foundation of deep green trifoliate leaves adds foliage to the backyard through summer and spring, while the tall blooms add blossoms at 3 to 4 feet high.

The blossoms themselves are beautiful. White sepals surround a ring of yellow stamens.

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The way to use it Japanese anemones can be mixed carefully into a perennial garden to offer fall blossoms. They also add a fall blossom mix and blooms together.

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The plant functions along a picket fence, particularly in a cottage garden. It looks amazing in massive clumps — just remember these clumps will be blossom free all summer.

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Anemones also have a delicate and exotic appearance which makes them ideal for Asian-style gardens. They are a good choice for rock gardens and gardens along woodland edges.

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Planting notes: Anemones need fertile, well-drained soil and flourish best when they get morning sun and at a day shade.

• Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart.
• Dig a hole that’s exactly the same depth as the container.
• Shake soil in the plant loose and place the plant gently in the hole.
• Add soil to fill.
• Water the plant — soil should be kept moist but not wet.
• Mulch around the plant to keep the soil moist.

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