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DYLDYL Posts: 67

Hi to everyone.

I'm a complete novice gardener and so apologise for what is probably such a simple identification, you are wondering why I ask!

I have just bought and moved into a new house which in my opinion has a beautiful garden. Unfortunately the owner passed away a year ago and the garden has remained untouched, but I can see it was once probably very well looked after. I have lots to do sand no idea where to start, but that's another story image

My first question for the forum was an id for this flower. I think it's really pretty and there are four or five around the borders. And once identified, because it's fairly tall, is this something I cut back once flowering has finished?





  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,740

    japanese anemone, maybe hupehensis.

    Welcome to the forum.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,740

    it'll die back in winter and sprout again in Spring. Tough as old boots.

    For some it's a bit of a pest as it form a large clump quickly and can elbow out smaller neighbours.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,848

    It's a hardy perennial which means it dies back in autumn and the roots and crown hibernate over winter.  Come spring and it all shoots up again.  I love them.

    As Hosta says, some people find them to be invasive but it's easy enough to dig up any unwanted bits or else lift any plants they are smothering and replant somewhere else.

    All you need to do is pull away the spent flower stems and foliage once they all turn brown and go soggy in late autumn.   Bung them on a compost heap if you have one.  If not, think about making or buying one as they'll make free soil conditioner for you.

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  • DYLDYL Posts: 67

    Wow, fast responses! Thank you everyone image

    I love the look of it myself and will take you advice on removing it where it may not be needed.

    With regards to compost heap, no I don't (only moved in the house 6 days ago) but there are two black composting bins which are covered by nettles. Just another little job to tackle image. I would like to create a compost heap for the future, not only for wildlife but for my planned vegetable patch.

  • I love them too, though agree they need to be kept in check, as great spreaders.

    one thing I have learnt is that they get very sulky if moved and may not flower for several years afterwards!

    best not move them if possible.

    enjoy your new garden!

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