Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance' - Pink Japanese AnemoneAs you can see from the picture above, this pretty flower looks good in bud, in flower and the seed head looks great too and the best thing is that it flowers from August through to late Autumn. It's a very welcome sight when you're feeling a little depressed about the end of summer and also looks great in flower arrangements. It comes from the family Ranunculaceae (aka the buttercup family)
The variety of Japanese Anemone I have in my garden is 'Hadspen Abundance', pretty pink flowers, with some petals darker than others. It's hard to take a bad photograph of these stunning flowers.
They actually come from China not Japan!
"Robert Fortune (1812-1880) introduced it into Europe in 1844, having apparently discovered it running between the tombstones in a Shanghai graveyard. It was one of several long-lived, ethereal plants used to commemorate the dead" - Telegraph Gardening
The autumn after we first moved into our house I visited relations in Devon and we went to RHS Rosemoor gardens, I was struck by how beautiful the Japanese anemones were having not seen them before. I was delighted when I got home a few days later and realised we had this huge clump in our front garden that I hadn't noticed until they had come into flower.
Pollinators absolutely love the flowers, so a perfect plant to add to your garden to ensure they have lots to eat at the end of the season.
At some point I'll need to divide the plant up as it's covering quite a large spot in the front garden. The roots send out suckers and the plant propogates itself, so it will just keep spreading.
Having done a little research it's best to divide Japanese Anemones in early spring when the new growth is just emerging. I have big plans for the borders in the front garden so this will be perfect timing and hopefully I can find a new home for a few of these beauties.