Q What damaged the leaves on my Japanese anemones this year? Kath Morley (via email)
A Ideally, Japanese anemones need to be grown in fertile, welldrained but moisture-retentive soil in partial shade. Your plant may well do better if it is somewhere where it is more protected from bright sunshine in the middle of the day.
The wind may also be part of the problem as it can cause leaves to dry out very quickly, and directly cause them to scorch.
Japanese anemones don’t like hot full sun and harsh winds