Working in a client’s garden today, some of my time was spent cutting back perennials as if we were well in to autumn – jobs I would normally expect to be doing in 2-3 months time. Like most gardens, it was showing the effects of the long drought.
We are paying close attention to those plants which have stood up well to the extreme conditions. Notable in gardens this week are Japanese Anemones. Somewhat ubiquitous, possibly due to the fact that once established in a garden there is no getting rid of them, they are however a thoroughly reliable plant. Although the foliage is not looking quite as fresh as I’d expect at this time of year, they are in full flower and otherwise looking none the worse for the dry summer.
There are several varieties available, including some doubles, but I prefer the simplicity of the single flowers such as the white ‘Honorine Jobert’ or pink ‘September Charm’. After flowering has finished it is worth holding off cutting them back, as the structure of the seed heads, which eventually burst into cotton wool-like blobs, are really quite attractive. An old favourite of many a cottage garden, it is a plant that works in gardens of all styles.