Round about this time of year (early autumn) you can always rely on Japanese anemones to make an appearance. Even if nothing else is in bloom – or looking tatty and tired after the summer heat – these pretty flowers pop up like clockwork. I love them. Some folks don’t, as they have a tendency to wander, but mine are extremely well behaved. They stay put in the spot allocated to them.
Mine are in bloom now (white, pale pink, single hot pink, and double-flowered hot pink), so you can bet they will be in the shops too. Buy a couple of different varieties if you want regular blooms each autumn. They are ideal for a shaded spot, though they will bloom in sun too.
These plants die down over winter, so don’t think you’ve killed them off. They are super hardy plants. They’re just going into winter dormancy. Leaves will reappear in spring.