There are few plants that flower so long, so late in the season and so elegantly as Anemones. Often called Japanese, Anemone hupehensis and Anemone x hybrids varieties, in fact, come from China. Perfect in semi-shade and any decent soil they can colonise quite large areas when they are happy and they have the knack of "moving home" by creeping towards cooler soil if they are in too much sun. Once established Anemones are sturdy, completely hardy and long-lived. Because they appear so late, anemones do very well planted with spring-flowering bulbs and hellebores as well as true Geraniums (Cranesbill). You only have to see a bed of anemones in September to see why they are among the most important herbaceous plants available to the gardener.