A cut above
An heirloom plant is named the perennial of the year.
The 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year is the Anemone “Honorine Jobert,” which gives bright pops of white to the garden in autumn, its peak flowering season.
Rotary Botanical Gardens/Perennial Plant Association
Gardeners who haven’t planted “Honorine Jobert” will want to consider this heirloom Anemone, which is beneficial to bees and provides superb cut flowers.
Not surprisingly, the Perennial Plant Association chose it as the 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year.
One of the oldest cultivars of the Japanese Anemones, or windflowers, it dates to 1858, when M. Jobert found the hybrid in a group of traditionally pink Anemones in his Verdun, France, garden.
Although botanically called Anemone xhybridia, Jobert named it for his daughter, Honorine.
Soon, the plants were transported to England and then to America, where they were popular during the Civil War. Now it has become a classic perennial in gardens throughout the world.
Honorine Jobert goes well with other annuals and perennials such as hostas and ferns. Additionally, its white pristine flowers accent the gold, orange and red colors in the fall landscape and give light to shady sites in the garden. Yews, hollies, a painted fence, pale blue or lacecap hydrangeas are good to use for its background.
- Height: 2 1/2 to 3 feet
- Flowering: Late summer into early autumn.
- Flowers: Bright white with an open celery-green center surrounded by a corolla (the collection of the petals) and yellow stamens.
- Flower size: Pink and silvery buds open into semi-double, 2- to 3-inch-diameter white flowers with slightly ruffled petals.
- Foliage: Dark green and trifoliate (three-parted); attractive all season and into fall.
- Plant size: Makes a 12-inch mound of foliage and will increase from woody rhizomatous roots.
- Planting season: Early spring or early fall.
- Spacing: 10 inches apart in partial shade, protected from wind.
- Pests: Harbors no major insect or disease problems; deer- and rabbit-resistant.
- Plant in organic-rich, well-drained and moisture-retentive soils. Anemones will not tolerate wet feet and poorly drained soils.
- Avoid hot and dry sites; foliage will burn.
- Apply compost in late fall and winter.
- Propagate by divisions in spring, which will help prevent over-crowding after the second and third years.
This heirloom Anemone has stood the test of time in many gardens. Let it spend time in yours.
Check your local nursery for the Honorine Jobert. Or, it is available by mail-order through Wayside Gardens in Hodges, South Carolina: 800-845-1174; www.waysidegardens.com.