Add fall-blooming anemones to your garden alongside mums and asters.
These hardy perennials bring an elegant touch to the late summer/fall garden—blooming from August until October, depending on the cultivar. The daisy-like flowers rise from dark-green, leaves and float like butterflies on long stems. Blooms range in color from pure white to light and dark pinks and purples with single, semi-double or double petals. They do best in light to partial shade and a moist soil, but well-drained. Or, they can tolerate full sun, if the soil is kept moist.
Keep in mind… these plants do spread by creeping rhizomes—especially if you give them ideal light and moist soil rather than a dry one. However, they are not considered invasive in our area. If they do creep in on your smaller plants, it’s easy to pull out the encroaching intruders. Groupings of fall-blooming anemones can make a textural groundcover.
After blooms fade, no deadheading is necessary. However, some gardeners like a neater look and will snip the stems as the flower petals fade. Even if you choose not to deadhead, the remaining, button-shaped seed heads can look interesting, too.
Upon the first frost, the foliage turns yellow and darkens. Some gardeners prefer to trim the leaves down to the ground or some allow dried leaves to remain as a protective, winter mulch.
The floating flowers of the fall-blooming anemones are always a subtle signal that autumn is on its way.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’: White flowers, single to semi-double, bloom from mid September until November. 40-inches tall.
Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’: Pale purple, single-petalled flowers bloom in late August to early November. 30-inches.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Robustissima’: Pink flowers, single to semi-double petals, bloom from mid September until November. 40-inches tall.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Serenade’: Pink flowers, semi-double petals, bloom from mid August to late October. 40-inches tall.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’: Deep pink, semi-double to double petalled flowers bloom in late October. 30-inches tall.