The ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybridus) is doing in the shady Back Garden. I’m a sucker for those gleaming ivory flowers with golden centers.


It was intended to be a successor plant to the ‘Purple Sensation’ Allium growing by the west hedge. As the Alliums faded, ‘Honorine Jobert’ was supposed to step up with summer foliage and then fall blooms.


And that’s more or less what has happened. Honorine is supported by a number of late season companions: White Woodland Aster (Eurybia diviriticus), Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii), Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) and Purple-Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratum).





Japanese Anemones have a reputation for being aggressive, but that’s not the case in my garden. In this border ‘Honorine Jobert’ has taken about three years to get to the size you see above. It’s just faded away in a couple of other spots in the back. I would like to see this clump get a little bigger, but I wouldn’t want it to take over. I’m wondering if the pink varieties are more aggressive.


Such yummy flowers. Makes me think of French vanilla ice cream topped with honey. Also, I really like the unopened buds almost as much as the flowers.


And look – there’s a hoverfly!


Honorine is a fine flower for the autumn season. I hope we see a lot more of her next year.

36 Comments on “Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’”

  1. She is really beautiful, I have tried her twice but she decided she didn’t want to live in my garden unfortunately! I have other pink ones and they have taken about 10 yrs to decide that they want to stay, maybe they don’t really like my soil.

  2. I love white flowers, and this one is a stunner. Although it really isn’t a close match, it reminds me of the Macartney rose, an invasive here that’s also that pure white with a large, brilliant yellow center. I enjoyed seeing the asters, too. I always think of asters and goldenrod when I think of autumn flowers.

  3. In my estimation, Japanese anemones are underappreciated. They bring life back to our gardens in late summer through early fall, a time when many perennials are looking a little worn out. Yes, they can be vigorous growers, but I’d never call them aggressive. Honorine is a perfect example of their delicate beauty and ability to blend with neighbors!

  4. I was hoping to plant some Honorine this autumn in a space that is backed by a dark brown wall, but the rescheduling of the replacement of the adjacent driveway until next spring has zapped that idea. Something tough and aggressive is actually needed in that particular spot. It gets a half day of sun but is shaded during the afternoon.

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