CU - Japanese anemone hupehensis var. japonica x hybrida bloom in August, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest

Embracing the Easy – Japanese Anemone

With waist height blooms twirling in the breeze, Japanese anemone caught my eye shortly after moving into Richmond House.

Japanese Anemone japonica x hybrida blooming in November garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest,
photo by SVSeekins

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.

Japanese anemone japonica x hybrida in bloom, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

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.

Japanese Anemone japonica x hybrida in drought, blooming in October garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest,
photo by SVSeekins

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.

Japanese anemone japonica x hybrida blooming in September garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest,
photo by SVSeekins

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.

WS - Japanese anemone japonica x hybrida blooming in September garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

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?

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