September 15, 2015

Japanese Anemones for GBBD September 2015

The stars of the garden right now are the Japanese anemones (A. robustussima) in the northeast corner of the backyard.  The lavender  in the background above comes from a 'Rozanne' geranium.  Both the anemones and the geranium attract crowds of bees and other pollinators.

Japanese anemones are known for being aggressive spreaders through their rhizomes, and mine have indeed been spreading.  I just keep digging up the unwanted shoots and tossing them in the green bin, because I do want some of these lovely plants in my garden.

Their curvy stems are pretty in the garden or in a vase, and the pearl-like buds are attractive even before they open.

Dainty leaves form a nice backdrop for the flowers.  Anemones are supposed to be hardy down to zone 5, which is what I consider my garden, but our winters have murdered several other varieties.  Anemone robustissima is the hardiest and the survivor of several winters in my garden.

Who would guess that such an ethereal looking flower would spread like a thug?  I wouldn't recommend this plant for fluffy soils, as the spreading would get really hard to contain.  It's not as bad in clay soil, though.

The other lovely blooms right now are on the 'Little Lime' hydrangeas.  Usually we get a frost before the flowers have time to turn deep rose, but this year the deeper color has developed well.

The leaves are starting to color, the sun is low and the sky is a deeper shade of blue.  Happy fall!  Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.


  1. I have some as well, and they are so pretty in the garden. They have indeed been spreading, but I have it in shade with fairly clay soil which might keep it down a bit. The blooms are so exquisite!

  2. I have the heat on one day and the A/C the next. I am not sure my plants have any idea what season it is.

  3. You have a beautiful garden!

    Thanks for sharing this post and giving me the idea to also participate!

    I just started a new blog last week about gardening and crafting. You are always welcome visit if you want.

    Greetings, Sofie

  4. Beautiful plants! They do spread in my garden with its sandy soil. I have pale pink and white varieties. Both are charming. Thanks for featuring these beauties!


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