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Garden Plants for Flower Arrangements: Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida)

Anemone SeptemberCharmJapanese anemones are herbaceous perennials native to China but widely cultivated in Japan. Most of the ones that are sold are actually hybrids that make excellent garden plants. The handsome dark green leaves have long stems (petioles) and form a substantial mound. Each leaf is palmately compound three toothed leaflets. The flowers are two to five inches across and lack petals but have white or pink petal-like bracts that that surround a yellow center. They may be single, semi-double or double and appear on wiry well branched stems in late summer into fall over a long bloom time. Plants may be slow to flower and once established can be very vigorous. Both the leaves and flowers are good in the vase together or separately. A whole stem of flowers can be used in large arrangements or short stems can be used in small ones. Individual flowers can be dried. There are many cultivars available including ‘September Charm’ (single,silvery pink), ‘Whirlwind’ (semi-double pure white), ‘Honorine Jobert’ (single, white), and ‘Prince Henry’ (semi-double deep rose).

Cutting: No special treatment
Conditioning: No special treatment
Preserving: Dry individual flowers with silca gel.
Cultivation:

    Size: 2-5’ H x 2’ W (depending on the cultivar)
    Light: Part shade (tolerate full sun if moisture sufficient)
    Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained
    Hardiness: Zones 4-8
    Propagation: Division in spring, root cuttings in winter
    Care: Cut stems down after flowering

Recommended Reading:

Flowers: The Book of Floral Design
Tussie-Mussies: The Language of Flowers
The Complete Flower Arranging Book