There is so much to like about these late blooming fall plants. But unless one has lots of room they are only really good for me for a couple of seasons and then they get too large. The first picture shows my now too large, even with trimming, 3 year old "September Charm". In the first couple of seasons it was the perfect size but no longer.
So this year I was intrigued by the 'claims' for this newer series of Anemone called "The Pretty Lady". Early this summer I got the 'Pretty Lady Susan' cultivar. These JAnemone are advertised as much more compact than traditional anemone i.e. 16" tall and at most 2 feet in spread.
This 'Susan' plant has just recently begun to flower for me. It is in a very shady location but the flowers are quite nice.
I think I will replace my 2 larger pink flowered anemones with a couple of these smaller ones next year.
I like the brighter color of the 'Susan'. My 'September Charm' doesn't stay compact and likes to travel quite a bit underground (the curse of Anemones) so the flower color doesn't have quite the impact that I'd like.
Those rambling Anemones show up 3 to 4 ft away from the original location. Problem is that they wind through or under the roots of other plants so they're a pain to control. I guess I like the color of 'SC' blooms in the fall enough to put up with it. :)
I called my local place, Behnkes of Beltsville, MD. They were very unhelpful. And in fact they were just getting in their first truck of plants. Hmm. I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled. They are pretty expensive anyway. I'll holdout for the USNA plant sale and other local market sales.
I just got home from Molbak's Nursery in Woodinville, WA. They had one gallon Anemone 'Wild Swan' plants on the 50% off rack, so I got one for $8.50! Kind of amazing I remembered this thread from March. If it does well maybe next year I could trade some divisions.
I have four of the "Wild Swan" which I planted earlier this summer and I have placed them in pairs in different garden beds on our property. (I have 2 of them planted nearer the house foundation which I hope will give these 2 specimens an edge in surviving their first winter as it isn't clear as to their zone hardiness.)
And although all 4 of them are healthy there are no signs of any flowers (see pic.below).
As well I am thinking they are a little less water needy in subsequent seasons when they are more established.
Rouge, japanese anemones typically don't bloom until the end of August or September sometime. My tomentosa robustissima has been blooming for a week or two now, but others are just beginning to bud, or haven't yet.
I bought Pretty Lady Emily and Pretty Lady Diana a few years ago, and they're very late coming up - and each seems to appear and bloom only every other year, so I'm always thinking they've died. Although I love them being dwarf, they're not nearly so reliable as the taller ones.
I don't know anything about the wild swans.
[quote="perenniallyme"]Rouge, japanese anemones typically don't bloom until the end of August or September sometime.
I don't know anything about the wild swans [/quote]
That is true of 'traditional' J. Anemone but the buzz about "Wild Swan" is that it is a true re bloomer and an (established) plant starts to flower quite early in the season e.g. July. I am not worried. But I will have my fingers crossed that it makes it through this first winter.
I bought Pretty Lady Emily and Pretty Lady Diana a few years ago, and they're very late coming up - and each seems to appear and bloom only every other year,
My PLE (or is it PLD) is just now starting to bloom. But to be fair it gets very little sun so I can't complain. I will post a picture of it in a couple of days.
I have been looking for plants to add blooms to the garden this time of year, and remembered the anemones from this thread. I have plenty of room for them to spread, so I'm not worried about that issue. I had a few already, although I never kept track of the label so I don't know which kind they are. I just hope the deer continue to leave them alone because I added about fifteen more this fall - 'September Charm', 'Queen Charlotte', 'Pretty Lady Emily', and 'Pamina'.
I was on the look out for 'Wild Swan', but never came across it. The purple on the back of the white petals makes it look really interesting. Rouge, has yours bloomed yet?
Hi Aspenhill- I bought 2 more 'Wild Swan' on sale for $4 apiece in little pots sometime in Sept, so now I have 3. One of the little ones has been blooming since I planted it. It does have the pretty purple on the backs of the petals, but what I have found is that to appreciate it you need to be quite close, and also viewing from behind or above (the flowers aim towards the light and droop a bit, like a Hellebore). I am looking out my window at it now, from about 20 feet away, and it is just a white flower. So be careful where you put it so the purple can be seen.
pic#1 from 6 feet away
pic#2 standing next to it
pic#3 close up from above, and from the shady west side instead of my usual viewing location from sunny east side.
How are yours Rouge?
Nice! Glad to hear. I must have missed some of the updates on this thread because that 'Wild Swan' is gorgeous!
I bought another Anemone several weeks ago and planted it in my front perennial bed. I hope it can get enough air through the leaves though so they don't rot. I never realized it but they like some aeration. The ones I planted amongst my Sweet Woodruff had some problems this spring with rotting at the base of the leaf stem. I have ripped out the woodruff around them and two of them seem to be doing better. Too soon to tell on the other one though; it got hit pretty bad. Mine are all fall blooming though.
Update on the Wild Swans-they bloomed for about 2 months, stopping last week. I haven't watered them much, and we have had a very dry spring and summer. I am hoping they are just resting, and might bloom again. I will try to water more.