Japanese anemones or windflowers (Anemone x hybrida) are especially attractive additions to a partially shaded landscape. These beautiful perennials bloom in fall starting the second year, i.e., after becoming well established in the soil. Many shades of pinks and white are available, but the intense pink flowers against the dark blue-green foliage of ‘Lucky Charm’ Japanese anemone is outstanding!
Although Japanese anemones perform best in USDA zones 7 and colder, they will grow well in the Upstate of SC if placed in a partially shaded site with morning sunlight and afternoon shade. They are fantastic for a mass planting, as they may spread, and for naturalizing a woodland garden. Additionally, these fall bloomers make a nice center plant for containers along with blue or purple pansies.
Japanese anemones need well-drained soil, as soggy soils in winter may lead to root rot. However, during the summer months, they will flourish if the soil is somewhat moist. Keep in mind that they may become invasive, so it is important to give these rhizomatous (spreading by underground stems) plants just enough moisture to grow well, but not too much to prevent them from taking over the garden.