With waist height blooms twirling in the breeze, Japanese anemone caught my eye shortly after moving into Richmond House.
A good patch grew close to the house foundations, but it had to go because of the drain tile project. Happily, Japanese anemone transplant like a dream. Their roots run along just under the soil and don’t seem bothered about being split up a bit.
Initially, the deer seemed to leave the Japanese anemone alone, so I’ve transplanted it into several locations around the property. Deer grazed each plant to 8 inches along their regular routes, so it rarely bloomed.
Beside the busy bus stop or along the crowded driveway, the deer leave Japanese anemone alone. I’d say it’s a salad of opportunity.
In their favour, Japanese anemone is hyper-resilient.
- After the deer eat it, it comes right back.
- After I shift it to a new location, it comes right back.
- A very determined specimen survived the soil removal 8 feet deep during drain tile renovations.
Considering that plant is happy so close to the foundation wall, under the eaves where there’s no rainfall nor irrigation – – I’d say it qualifies as drought tolerant as well.
It’s nice to have a plant that is happy in dry shade. Dappled shade works well, but it struggles in deep shade.
Its lengthy blooming period is a big plus in my books. The pink blooms decorate the garden starting in July and wrapping up in December. That’s 6 months of colour! After that, I still enjoy the seed head through winter.
With all of these qualities, some might consider Japanese anemone invasive. I don’t really look at it that way. Certainly, it is determined, but I haven’t found it popping up in areas where I haven’t put it. My advice would be to think twice before transplanting specimens or when choosing a new planting site.
I may live to regret this. Have you?