Members of the genus Anemone, including Japanese anemone, range in color from creamy whites to pale pinks and deep rose and purples. Their striking, semi-double flowers bloom from spring to fall and have prominent yellow centers that create a striking contrast to the bloom. The saucer-shaped flowers on Japanese anemone are ideal planted in perennial gardens, containers and edging garden paths. Japanese anemone flowers typically thrive in light shade, although most will tolerate a smattering of sunlight.
Anemone ‘Richard Ahrens’
Anemone ‘Richard Ahrens’ (Anemone × hybrida 'Richard Ahrens') is a variety of Japanese anemone that has a spreading growth habit and moderate to aggressive growth rate. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, taller than most varieties. The pale pink, semi-double flowers of Japanese anemone ‘Richard Ahrens’ have yellow centers and sit atop the long, branching stems. The dark green leaves grow in mounds, making for a striking show when planted along a border or bed. Anemone ‘Richard Ahrens’ grows best in light to part shade but withstands full sun. It requires nutrient-rich, moist soil, but not overly wet conditions. Plant Japanese anemone ‘Richard Ahrens’ in USDA zones 5 to 7.
Anemone ‘Pamina’ (Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Pamina') is an herbaceous perennial flower that has a mounding, compact form. It grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 to 2 1/2 feet wide. The 2- to 3-inch-wide, semi-double flowers on 'Pamina' have overlapping pink petals and contrasting yellow centers that appear on the wiry, branches that sit over the dark green, mounding, trifoliate foliage. Long-lasting, Japanese anemone ‘Pamina’ blooms from August into September. It grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained moist, humus-rich soil. Avoid planting Japanese anemone ‘Pamina’ in overly wet or poorly drained soil. Plant ‘Pamina’ in USDA zones 5 to 8.
Anemone ‘Bressingham Glow’
Anemone ‘Bressingham Glow’ (Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Bressingham Glow') is a variety of Japanese anemone that has a spreading growth habit and vigorous growth rate. It grows 3 to 6 feet tall and has a spread of 1 to 3 feet wide. The semi-double, creamy deep rose to pink flowers on ‘Bressingham Glow’ emerge in midsummer to last into fall. The deep green, branching, graceful foliage on Japanese anemone ‘Bressingham Glow’ is wiry. Anemone ‘Bressingham Glow’ grows best in full sun to part shade and moist, fertile soil that is nutrient-rich. Plant in USDA zones 5 to 7.