Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis)is as the name implies a Japanese perennial, and one of my favorite imports to our perennial garden. The sturdy textured leaves do not foreshadow the delicate blooms that open on tall stems, quietly commanding attention towards the end of the summer. It tends to spread easily, so attention will be needed unless you want the leaves to serve as foot-tall ground cover from mid-spring through fall. Canadian Goldenrod’s lacy golden plumes are a graceful backdrop.
Now that the Japanese Anemone are finishing their show I welcome the natives, New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) and Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensisare), that of their own accord inhabit my garden. The Asters always make me value each warm day because they signal the closing stages of the growing season. They are the last to bloom before cooler weather puts to rest nature’s paintbrush. The purple is a striking companionof the abundant goldenrod whose bloom is bolder but beginning to fade.