University of Maryland Extension: Plant of the Week
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica
Text and photo by Virginia Williams
With broad petals so different from the typical fall mum, Japanese anemone really stands out it a fall garden.
From August through September, few plants grow more reliably and bloom in the shade better than Japanese anemone. This perennial produces clusters of white or pink flowers up to three inches in diameter.
Leaves are large, deeply lobed, and somewhat like maple leaves. Growing two to five feet tall, Japanese anemon prefer rich moist soil with good drainage and shade but will grow in the sun.
They can be slow to establish, but given the right location they will slowly spread to a nice thick planting and even require cutting back. Deer tend not to eat it.