The group of Anenome x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ on the edge of the Herbaceous Border is full of white petalled flowers at the moment, taking the inevitable early autumn weather in its stride.
It is a hybrid between A. hupehensis var. japonica x vitifolia, both native to Asia. This is a very old cultivar, raised in the 1850s in a garden in Verdun, France. The cultivar has stood the test of time, continuing to receive good reviews due to the reliability of flowering and the quality of bloom produced.
It is fully hardy, and importantly, resistant to changing weather patterns, and produces growth that needs no support. Many of these qualities that ensure a plant stands the test of time are lacking in flash-in-the-pan cultivars. An object lesson in choosing wisely and planting for effect.
As an alternative, ‘Queen Charlotte’ is a cultivar with pink petals. It is of the same parentage as ‘Honorine Jobert’ and was raised in Germany in the late 1890s. Both grow to 1.2m and have a ready supply of flower buds to ensure a long flowering season.The wiry roots take a season to establish then spread through soil making a substantial clump.