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Anemone hupehensis 'Bowles's Pink'

Anemone hupehensis 'Bowles's Pink'



About this cultivar:

Anemone hupehensis 'Bowles's Pink' has bowl-shaped slightly irregular reddish-purple flowers in late summer and autumn, the two outer tepals smaller and darker. Which is a complicated way of saying it has a ruffled two-tone effect. 

It is a good one, and has the RHS AGM.

Edward Augustus (Gus or Gussie) Bowles, VMH (14 May 1865 – 7 May 1954), was a British horticulturalist, plantsman and garden writer. He developed an important garden at Myddelton House, his lifelong home at Bulls Cross in Enfield, Middlesex. His name has been preserved in many varieties of plant but I am not sure if he had anything to do with this one! Although in 1947 he co-published (with Stern) 'The History of Anemone japonica' in the Journal of the Royal Horticultural maybe...

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil
  • Flowers: August, September, October
  • Other features: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM)
  • Hardiness: H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20°C)
  • Habit: Clump forming, Suckering
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 100 - 150 cm (3.5- 5 ft)
  • Spread: 60 - 75 cm (2 - 2.5 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: Pink, yellow, green
  • Goes well with: Aster, Rudbeckia. Fuchsia, Hydrangea, and Geranium. Also great on its own.

About this genus:

Anemone is a herbaceous perennial genus that contains over 100 species that are native to temperate habitats all over the world. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Anemone means "daughter of the wind" in ancient Greek– hence we sometimes call it 'Windflower'. The Metamorphoses of Ovid tells us that the plant was created by the goddess Venus when she sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead lover Adonis. Dramatic...

Depending on the species or cultivar Anemone can flower in different colours at different times of the year. Tuberous Anemone species generally flower in spring (eg: Anemone nemorosa), Mediterranean Anemone species flower in summer (eg: Anemone coronaria) and the larger, fibrous rooted Anemone species flower in autumn(eg: Anemone hupehensis). We stock quite a few of the species so read the description carefully!

Some Anemone species have their preferences regarding soil and location. However in our garden trials we have found cultivars that are not fussy and should happily grow in most garden locations; these are the ones we are selling here.

This sounds boring, but in general we prefer to plant most of our Anemone on their own in larger-than-average clumps. The most obvious exception are the Japanese forms, Anemone hupehensis (which are actually from Hupeh in China, not Japan). These grow a bit taller and can compliment daisy type flowers like Aster and Rudbeckia. Fuchsia, Hydrangea, and Geranium also work well with some Anemone.