The Perennial Plant Association (www.perennialplant.org) has selected 'Honorine Jobert' Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida) as the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2016. We've grown and enjoyed this perennial for many years at the gardens and all of these photos are from RBG. We're also honored that the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has requested the use of six of these photos in their brochure to promote this plant nationwide. Our best specimens are in the Northwest corner of the sunken garden where they get part sun and ample moisture. Hardy to zone 4, 'Honorine Jobert' grows best in rich, well-drained soils. They will despise poor drainage or dry soils. The dark, glossy green foliage is nice but the flower show (as seen above in particular) is amazing from late summer well in to fall. The clear white blooms are about 3" in diameter and a profusion of silvery buds is constantly opening up and providing color for well over two months. Look at the colorful centers in the close up photos below as well. Mature size for an established plant is between 3' and 4' and deer tend to leave this plant alone as well. Slowly spreading, this perennial will form a nice patch as long as it is happy. I think this is an excellent selection and certainly worthy of the 2016 PPA award!
Larry H. and Big John had plenty of work today which included checking on our deer fencing, pruning, hauling jobs, etc. Vern was in for some carpentry. Mirjam and Marcia L. came in to check out catalogs for possible rose selections in the English cottage garden. We also saw Mary D., Janice, Urban and many others today. I made about five seed orders and am trying to catch up before the end of the month!