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The Strawberry-esque Flower of the Japanese Anemone.

I saw large groupings of this flower a week  ago in an established garden and they took my breath away.  Anemones are a clumping plant and they should be encouraged to do so because of their amazing impact, especially for the fall season while many other flowers are fading.

Mass Planting of Anemones

Available in shades of white and pink to a slight pinkish-purple, these flowers remind me of large strawberry flowers.  Double-petaled varieties are also grown commonly in nurseries. One of my favorite light pink varieties is “September Charm”.  The flowers and buds arch delicately over mounds of green foliage.  Another common name for this lovely flower is “Windflower”.  Anemones are excellent to use as cut flowers and add a graceful touch to bouquets.

Hardy in Zones 4-8, they are perfect for Northeastern gardens.  Plant en masse for a visual display that cannot be duplicated.  They prefer moist, well-drained, fertile soil and can be planted in either full sun or part shade.  The more shade, the less floriferous the plants.  Anemones stem from the buttercup family and are easily divided in the spring.  A height of 2-3′ with a width of 1.5′-2′ makes this plant good for either a front or middle plant in perennial beds.

 

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As you may remember, I started both Morning Glory and Moonflower vines from seed this year to grow along the railing of my balcony. An earlier post titled “Night and Day” captured the beautiful deep purple Morning Glory blooms as well as my remorse for the lack of action from the Moonflowers.

Moonflower Opening at Dusk

As the Morning Glory blooms began to fade with the cooler fall weather, the Moonflowers were brought to life by the full moon and this amazing flower burst into full bloom. As the name suggests, the Moonflower blooms at night. Each flower is about 8″ in diameter and the hue is delicate white.  They have an intoxicating rich fragrance that permeates the evening air. This aromatic spectacle is short-lived since the flowers last through the night and drop the next morning.

The fragrant bloom at night.

Even though the planter was large, the limited soil space of a container most likely stunted the growth of the vines over the course of the summer. It is important to keep up with watering  if you don’t have an irrigation system. The constant flux of moisture and drought can severely hinder plant growth. Witnessing this one flower definitely made up for months of nursing the seedlings and daily watering all summer long. Gardening takes patience but the rewards can be magical.

A Single Moon Flower Glows at Night

 

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While planning a mini garden, keep light requirements in mind for interior plants.  There is more leeway for seasonal displays (mini Daffodils in the spring, Shamrocks/Oxalis for St Patrick’s Day, etc) which are rotated out as the season passes so they are always looking fresh.  Permanent plants in the garden should have the same light needs as each other. High light plants placed in low light conditions will fade out and the same applies for low light plants placed in sunny windowsills.

Mini Interior Garden

Mini indoor gardens use the same design principles as their exterior counterparts.  In addition to texture, color, balance and all the others, scale is one of the most important things to consider.  The leaf size and plant heights need to correspond to container size or the garden will look disproportionate.

Silver-Spotted Philodendron Adds a Pattern to this Garden

Add simple sculptures for interest and finish off  the look with rocks for a polished feel.  For ambitious designers, use a smaller size pebble to make paths through the garden. This is an excellent project for gardeners of all ages.

Article Written by Lilyofthevalley for Erbology

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