Plant of the Week: Japanese anemone

Plant of the Week: Japanese anemone

Bring your late summer garden to life with generous drifts of Japanese anemones – the ultimate in low-maintenance, high return perennial. Flowers begin opening from late July and carry on well into winter: if you don't dead-head the seed-heads become little greeny-yellow bobbles dancing above the winter border on long, wiry stems.

There are two kinds to look out for: first into flower is Anemone hupehensis, including bicoloured 'Hadspen Abundance' and deepest pink 'Prinz Heinrich'; later they're joined by A. x hybrida varieties such as pure white 'Honorine Jobert' and rose-pink 'September Charm'. Plant as many as you can: it's one of the best perennials you can grow.

Small garden trees

No garden should be without a tree: they add height, structure and a feeling of permanence and timelessness. But if you have a small garden in Ripley, it's hard to imagine shoehorning in a tree as well.

Well: that depends on what kind of tree it is. Of course if you plant large trees in…

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Herbs in autumn

Some herbs such as mint and parsley will survive throughout the winter but the leaves are not really any good for cooking or other uses, so it's a good idea to break off sections from healthy plants and put them into a pot for growing through the winter indoors or in a greenhouse.

A. Luff & Sons Ltd

Welcomes you to Ripley Nurseries - Garden Centre and Farm Shop we are located on the Old Portsmouth Road coaching route between Cobham and Guildford just 2 miles from RHS Wisley in the Village of Ripley. Our Farm Shop is full of fresh produce and local products with a dedicated Florist and Garden Sundries department. We have been serving the local community since 1895 see our history page and among our patrons we served Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell and Wimbeldon Tennis grounds.