Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
The Perennial Plant Association has chosen the hybrid Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' as the perennial plant of 2016. I'd like to see them select a plant that's a little more unusual, but there's no denying that this plant is popular and, for most people, easy to grow.
Gardeners and designers like it for its late summer bloom -- into fall -- and its masses of pure white flowers. It can spread annoyingly at times, but it's relatively easy to pull up and keep under control. As the late garden writer Allen Lacy noted, "No plant of autumn brings more joy than Japanese anemones. They look wonderful if give a spot all to themselves in front of shrubbery, but they also associate very well with ferns growing at their feet."
Plant these perennials in rich, moist to damp soil -- part sun to shade. They'll reach a height of about two to four feet with a spread of two feet.
I might note that I planted this perennial numerous times in my own garden in different places, and it failed every time. I just cannot understand what I was doing wrong. Guess it just didn't like the site.