AnemonesTo say that the Japanese Anemone is
the best fall flowers would be an understatement-it is the best. Here is
a plant and flower with real charm, refinement, and sophistication.
grows from 1 to 5 feet- tall, is erect and stately.
Foliage is glossy and brilliant. Flowers are more or less saucer-shaped and vary from 2 to 4 inches in diameter, depending upon the variety:
There are single; semi double, and fully double forms.
Color ranges from the purest frosty white through
pinks to carmine: Anemones
combine admirably with other perennials in the border.
They may be
used in the front of shrubs or associated with evergreens.
They're not grown from seed; obtain plants from nurseries
and set in the spring.
Few such exquisite flowers
can be so easily grown. Anemones thrive in all but the
hottest and driest sections of the United States. They
are hardy in the coldest sections if mulched with light
leaves or straw during, the whiter wherever frost enters
ground to a depth of a foot or more.
They thrive best in
slightly shaded situations, and like especially the
protection of Larger plants, a wall, or other sheltered
spot. Good drainage is essential. The soil should be
deeply prepared and organic matter incorporated. Unless
the soil is already neutral or slightly alkaline in
reaction, lime should be added. Failure to become established
is due to a lack of lime. They are very late
in breaking through the ground in the spring. Often
it isn't until late May that they show their heads.
With careless cultivating you are likely to destroy
a clump of these plants.
put them to bed for the winter, mark the area
with stakes to help find them when you start garden
world in the spring.
Mulch the plants and stake them. Because there's
danger of the buds being injured by early frosts, cover
the plants when early frosts are forecast. After the
plants have finished flowering, cut them to the ground
and mulch the crowns with straw,
hupehensis has single flowers of aloft indescribable pink. Hupehensis superba is probably the largest form of this variety,
with a lovely light rosy pink inside the reddish-pink
outside. White Japonica alba often grows to a height of
3 1/2 feet. Queen Charlotte and Kremhilde, both pink,
are valuable for the perennial border.
Tiny September Sprite is good for the rock garden or edging. September Queen has nearly
double carmine-pink flowers on long stems and is especially
free from insect injury.
Culture of Japanese Anemones
is simple, once you are willing to
meet their few requirements. Water is necessary
in dry periods and if attended to will reward you with
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