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Japanese Anemone help me decide its fate

CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455
What is your experience of this plant?  Invasive?

Next doors have some in pink that is quite pretty and when the soil got jigged up this year with our new fence, we got some over on our side.  I'm tempted to relocate it but have never grown it before.

Shade or sun or green bin?  Glad of help to decide.


  • A corner in the dry shade where not much else will grow ... it’ll flower like mad for you but keep speaking sternly to it and let it know it’s there on sufferance and if it starts taking liberties you’ll dig it up with no mercy. 
    We’ve had some here in dry shade for 8 years ... it flowers for ages ... just once we’ve dug it up and split the crown and replanted half and given the rest away.  Nothing else will grow in that spot. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Ive not long moved mine to shade after reading about it on here. Ive had them in previous gardens and never found them invasive,but some folk do apparently. They are a nice bit of colour come late August September. Mine were planted amongst low growing shrubs.  I would keep them.
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • I've got a few of these in various locations in the garden, mostly with some shade.  I haven't found any of them invasive - in fact, they have been pretty slow growing.  One is 'Tiki Sensation', I think one is 'White Swan' but I have no idea what the others are.  I'd give it a go - but I am always reluctant to get rid of healthy plants!
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455
    Funnily enough it's coming up under a mahonia but next door its in full sun.  I might have a spot where it can compete with some ground elder so fancy giving it a chance.  Thanks for the input Team 😊
  • Certainly not invasive in our clay soil. We were given a clump many years ago from some body in our village garden club.
    It did brilliantly for many years (a lovely white flower) but we haven't seen anything now for about 6 years.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,332
    Pink is fine. White is spreading quickly in our sandy soil but I wouldn't call it invasive.
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    Pink and white JAs donated by the in-laws, there in beds that are drier than the Sahara in summer and spend the winter paddling (strange I know it's just the lie of the land). They have spread across an area 34mt long, I do love the display but I've started to weed some out. 
  • As usual, it rather depends on where you are ( climate wise ) but on the whole, J A's do tend to spread their tentacles somewhat.
    There are different varieties - I've found "White Swan " to be a reasonable one and doesn't spread quickly.  The basic pink job is a fairly rapid spreader if the ground is conducive.
    All of them can be lifted in Autumn and reduced in size ( or use the excess to replant elsewhere if you fancy ).
    They will do well in dappled shade - not too keen on blazing sun. If you like the look of them, have a look at the different ones but perhaps your neighbour's pink job may be for the green bin. 
    For those who are interested, 'White Swan' is available from Elizabeth McGregor nursery. She bred it. There are lots of other anemones, violas and choice plants on her website.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,245
    I think Japanese Anemones are controllable in borders, but the problem is when they get into rockeries and amongst paving. You can't dig them up very easily in those situations, their root system goes crazy, and they are capable of pushing up through tarmac. 

    Anemone Wild Swan is a cross with another anemone species, it doesn't spread and flowers all season rather than just in Autumn.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,899
    edited December 2020
    IME - if they like the conditions they can be invasive, but if they don't they just sit and sulk. 
    They were everywhere and a real PITA in our previous garden (full sun, loamy soil) - but I just can't get them to establish in the new one (dappled shade, dry, poor soil). They haven't died but only produce flowers in the years when they get sufficient rain (not often).
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
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