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The plant of the month for September is the Japanese anemone

The plant of the month for September is the Japanese anemone

The plant of the month for September is the Japanese anemone, your go-to plant for late summer colour.that lasts well into autumn and beyond. Its season of interest extends well beyond its beautifully simple, saucer-shaped flowers, too: the petals unfurl from silky buds which are just as pretty, and once the flowers have faded they leave a quirky little golden-green bobble dancing on wiry stems above the foliage lasting well into the colder months of the year. Even in winter their handsome, semi-evergreen foliage provides some welcome greenery to fill bare borders.

Colours range from the pure classic white of 'Honorine Jobert' with its boss of butter-yellow stamens around a green eye, to the semi-double silvery pink flowers of 'Koningin Charlotte' and pretty two-tone 'Hadspen Abundance' with its outer petals in red-pink and inner petals in a contrasting paler shade.

There are few more easy-going plants: they're happy in sun or part shade and need no maintenance beyond a trim to remove spent flower stalks and tidy up any dead leaves in March. Clumps spread slowly into a riot of flower you'll look forward to all year: combine with other late summer beauties like hydrangeas, asters, hardy geraniums and rich red and purple fuchsias like 'Mrs Popple'.