The Japanese Anemone is a famously cheering sight in the Autumn garden, providing valuable height and colour late in the growing season. Despite its reputation for toughness, anemone flowers are charming; the semi-double blooms of Anemone Fantasy Belle particularly so, having remarkably dark pink and elegantly ruffled petals, encircling a generously fringed, golden eye.
A. Fantasy Belle is also particularly rewarding because it has a vigorous habit that repeatedly produces a mass of flowers, held gracefully on robust stalks above a mound of bright green, vine-shaped leaves. Its compact nature also means that while still nodding gracefully in the wind as its common name (Windflower) suggests, its flowers are also less prone to the destructive whims of autumn gales.
Unworried by sun or shade, this undemanding perennial will look equally marvellous planted en masse in a mixed border, or as a beguiling specimen in a container.
Common Name: Windflower
Hardiness: Hardy to –10°C
Height and Spread: 45cm x 35cm
Preferred Soil Type: Moist, well drained
Aspect: South, west or east facing
Flowering Period: August – September
Care: Cut back stalks after flowering