Anemone Japonica

America has ‘Old Faithful’ the geyser that reliably pops up and ‘does it’s thing’ again and again – well this is the the plant world’s equivalent of ‘Old Faithful’.


It is a plant to tuck at the back, as the green of the leaves is quite a dark flat green, but the leaf shape is nice, the plant is not a dense thicket, more the quiet kid at the back of the class who you suddenly find out is brilliant at street dancing!


I know I use a lot of metaphors and English teachers would probably squirm at my prose, but I choose plants because of how they make me feel, and this unassuming ‘child at the back’ every year throws up some pure white, incredibly pretty white daisy like flowers about 4 feet in the air – and it sends up loads of them, which then sway and dance in shade, or sunnier sites, they don’t care where they are.


There is a pink variety, but quite honestly it’s not a patch on the white one.


One word of caution though, for all the good about it, if you plant it in the wrong place it can be a problem. So, not near patios or paths and not in rich lush soil where it will begin to spread underground quite quickly. This is a plant you need to ‘treat mean to keep it keen’!

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