I know it’s not a new plant on the gardening scene, but I don’t recall ever noticing hybrids of Anemone hupehensis (Japanese Anemone) available in garden centers or on display in gardens I’ve visited until this year. The more I see it, the more I want to grow it in my own garden.
The flowers are uniquely beautiful, each taking its own curving shape. The texture of the petals (technically sepals) is remarkable, appearing to be made of a stiff, brushed silk. The tightly-clustered stamens form an undulating border around a circular grouping of pistils.
The flowers are held high above the mounded basal foliage on fuzzy stems that take on the same color as the back of the petals, which tend to be more velvety and darker-colored than the fronts.
Several flower buds appear on each slender stem. That Anenome are known to make good cut flowers is not surprising as their petals are thick and stems sturdier than their slender appearance betrays.
Of the two cultivars of Anenome I’ve seen this summer, the one planted in partial shade (the recommended exposure for the plant) seemed more robust. It seems it would be an ideal perennial for the partially-exposed edges of my shade garden beneath the Red Maple (Acer rubrum) on the south side of the house.
If anyone has recommendations on cultivars, I’d appreciate knowing so I can go shopping this fall (or next spring) as an informed botanical consumer.