As I have noted before, the intention was that the Asia Garden has a different character to the other 2012 World Gardens. I wanted it to be more about foliage and textures as well as flowers. This is one reason for the abundance of grasses. But one thing that I wanted to try was to create a late-summer meadow-effect with Japanese Anemones amongst grasses. One of the key elements of the garden are what I called ‘Japanese Anemone Swathes’ – mixed cultivars but mostly the white ‘Honorine Jobert’, that would produce a beautiful display at the end of summer and into autumn. These swathes have exceeded my expectations
In late summer the grasses start to come into their own, and of course continue for the whole of the winter. As well as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Calamagrostis brachytricha is a key character species, with its upright dense flower heads, and cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis begin their flowering season.
Above: Japanese Anemone and Persicaria amplexicaule ‘Rosea’ with Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Below: ‘Meadow of Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
Below is a gallery of photographs from the Asia Garden in Autumn. Click on an image to enlarge