Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

Zones: 3 to 9 (depending on the variety)
Bloom Time: Fall
Height: 36″ to 60″
Spread: 36″ to 48″
Light: Part Shade To Shade

Japanese anemone is one of my favorite tall shade perennials for late summer/fall blooms. 

Japanese anemones

They have delicate pink or white flowers that sway in the late summer wind until frost. Pure joy in the autumn landscape!

For the best blooms, grow in any soil, in partial shade.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers, but deer and rabbits are not.

Japanese Anemone in the shade garden

Japanese anemone is a late bloomer; so the plant stays dormant until late spring.

Because of this, I like to plant a fern peony beside it. The peony is fading by the time the anemone starts to sprout.

Tall shade perennial - Japanese Anemone

At 3′ high, this plant may need staking  But it always gets many appreciative comments from passersby.

These plants also spread by underground runners and can become invasive in some areas, so check with your local nursery before planting. Or grow them in an enclosed space like a large container or raised bed.

Learn more about growing Japanese Anemone HERE.

This post was originally published on June 28, 2020 but was updated with new content on June 2, 2022.