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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Anemone Pretty Lady Series: new dwarf Japanese anemones

Posted by Graham Rice on 02 Oct 2010 at 01:31 PM

Anemone,Pretty Lady,Diana. Image ©plantnovelties.comA series of four new Japanese anemones is new this autumn. The Pretty Lady Series includes four new introductions, two single and two double, and all are shorter and more prolific than most varieties so are ideal for the front of the border or even in containers.

Reaching only about 60cm/2ft in height, many Japanese anemones grow to twice that height, the four varieties in the Pretty Lady Series start flowering in late summer then continue through the autumn.

The two single flowered forms are ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ (above, click to enlarge), with soft pink single flowers with a contrasting golden boss of stamens in the centre, and ‘Pretty Lady Susan’ with flowers in a darker pink, again with a bright golden centre. The two forms with semi-double flowers are ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ (below, click to enlarge) in deep pink and ‘Pretty Lady Julia’ in pale pink.Anemone,Pretty Lady,Emily. Image ©Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants

Raised as part of a large development programme in Japan, and now becoming available in Britain for the first time, with their neat foliage, short growth and a tendency to spread less than older varieties, plants in the Pretty Lady Series will provide good companions for hardy chrysanthemums, the shorter perennial asters and other late perennials.

Their short growth brings one particular advantage. Taller Japanese anemones tend to be weighed down by autumn rains but their tall slender stems are difficult to support without the supports being more obvious than the flowers. These short forms do not need staking.

The Pretty Lady Series is available in garden centres now in distinctive blue pots. Two of the four, ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ and ‘Pretty Lady Susan’ are also available by mail order from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.


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