Anemone Dreaming Swan
The Elizabeth MacGregor-bred Anemone Dreaming Swan, introduced in 2013 is the highlight of our Fife garden at the moment.
When it comes to Japanese Anemones, I have always, in the past praised Honorine Jobert as being the best white available.
I am not saying I have changed my mind regarding this, however, Dreaming Swan does have a lot to offer.
Unlike Honorine Jobert which blooms late Summer/Autumn, – Dreaming Swan flowers from June until October, also at a height of around 2ft it may well be easier to find a place in the border for it.
Although the blooms of Dreaming Swan may not have the pristine perfection of HJ they will appeal to many gardeners.
This is where I stop mentioning HJ and start singing the praises of Dreaming Swan.
I planted three of the Anemone Dreaming Swan in our Fife back garden in mid-June of this year. Flower buds already adorned the sturdy plants and blooming commenced one week later.
Mid August is approaching and the plants have flowered non-stop.
The first flowers to open were single, those opening later are semi double with a slightly ruffled appearance at the petal edges.
Plants come and go in our garden, although I dislike being wasteful, the truth is we don’t always get things right first time round, however Dreaming Swan is here to stay.
Hardiness *** fully hardy in the UK
Blooms *** white flowers with yellow centre and lilac blue bands on the back
Height *** 50/60cm/20/24in
Position *** full sun/part shade
Soil *** grows in all soil types (free draining)
The fencing erected in new build housing is generally quite sturdy, however the word barricade comes to mind.
With the addition of trellis which I have just added, the transformation pleases me.
Three trees have been planted, the first one below is Prunus Kanzan.
Trees in a small garden require consideration regarding shading neighbouring gardens.
Although the trees which we have settled for are by no means the shortest, I will maintain their height by pruning each year.
When I am no longer here! – – well, someone else can worry about that.
The Himalayan Birch jacquemontii is extremely handsome with its white bark, a multi stemmed one would have been even better.
The Rowan Joseph Rock with its yellow berries is one of our favourites. This one below has a lot of growing to do.
We have always had Bamboo in our gardens, Phyllostachys aurea is a first for us, already, its my favourite.