August 14, 2016
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ – She’s the One!
Published by Bucks Country Gardens in Plants
Summer fades gracefully to fall and gardeners in the northeast are preparing for the rugged seasons to come. For those worried about what to plant, never fear, for the Perennial Plant Association’s 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year is here: Anemone x hybrida or ‘Honorine Jobert’, also known as Japanese anemone or windflowers.
It was interesting news to discover. Flowers were always dainty to me, especially if they possessed beauty, as if ruggedness could not coincide with it. I convinced myself that striking plants were restricted to spring and summer. After all, how could anything survive our brisk fall, let alone the winters to follow without intense care?
I was very wrong.
These rich flowers possess personality and a lengthy history dating back to their discovery in Verdun, France by M. Jobert in 1858. Windflowers’ August punctuality helps them stand out in the later months, their late summer bloom stretching into the early fall. Now is the perfect time to pick one, two, or more at the garden center! You’ll find them aplenty.
‘Honorine Jobert’ proudly displays its striking white flowers with a ring-like cluster of yellow stemen around a green center as if to say it is the one for you. If white is not your thing, they also have varieties sporting a faint or deep pink. Beneath this beauty is the stubbornness of a survivor: these 3-4 foot plants, usually growing in clumps, grow well in Hardiness Zones 4-9 with little maintenance required. Fearless, if left to naturalize, they will expand and colonize. If you’d like friends for your windflowers, they go with just about anything thanks to their cloud white color. Excellent pairings include warm season grasses like Miscanthus or leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), its blue flowers perfect for holding on to summer’s vibrant sky just a little longer. Leadwort even emulates the transition to fall as the blues morph into a bronze-red.
I am curious as to whether or not pests have found a way to appreciate the beauty of ‘Honorine Jobert’. Growers find that deer are not interested in them and they do not have any serious insect problems. Furthermore, one can relax knowing there are no disease concerns.
Windflowers are indifferent, able to be grown in sun or partial shade. Though, in warmer climates, they should be protected from wind and partial shade becomes preferred. No matter the climate, well-drained soil is key; it must be moist but not saturated. Proper moisture (moderate level) is important for the plants as the leaves can scorch in too much heat. In a way, balance is important for these wonders.
Want to make it through winter? Worried that chills will have your prized perennials feeling blue? If you find yourself in a winter climate, ‘Honorine Jobert’ responds well to winter mulch.
Easy management? Check. Hardy? Definitely. Charming? Undoubtedly. It’s no wonder why this flower was voted the 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year. It has the tools needed to fight harsher seasons while possessing the rigor and grace to brighten your day in the toughest of falls.
If this flower presents its stunning ring to you, will you say I do?
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