For years the Holy Grail of serious gardeners, this Itoh Hybrid from master breeder Roger Anderson sold for more than $1,000 a division as late as 1999, but today is mercifully much more affordable! Yet no other Peony has surpassed it for beauty, fragrance, or sheer flower power, and we doubt any will. With blooms measuring 9 inches across, fully double and redolent of zesty lemon, this Peony would be remarkable even if it didn't have the vigor to produce more than 80 flowers a season on a single plant.
Fragrant, fully double, pink blossoms abound in early summer. The central petals have a tendency to curl inward, giving the flowers a sphere-like shape. Many side buds are produced, extending the bloom time.
Peonies are classic garden plants that add a bit of nostalgia and charm to the garden. Their fragrant blooms and lush foliage have made them popular for years, and with the recent resurgence in breeding, they will continue to improve. Peonies are simple to grow and can be utilized in many ways, including mass plantings, specimens, or hedges. By choosing a mixture of early, midseason, and late blooming varieties, you can have blooms for up to 6 weeks.
A century-and-a-half after its introduction, this fragrant double remains a standard by which all other white Peonies are judged. Strong stems give the blossoms an aristocratic bearing; a touch of yellow at the base of the dense, ruffled inner petals lights them up with a warm glow. 'Duchesse de Nemours' is a winner of an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Early.
Plants in the genus Paeonia generally like full sun and neutral to slightly sweet soil, and they shrug off cold. After bloom is complete, you are left with a handsome mound of glossy, deep green foliage that will happily anchor the next sequence of bloom in the neighborhood. Peonies make superior cut flowers, lasting more than a week if cut in full bud.
Height: 3', Spread: 3', Sunlight: Full sun, Hardiness Zone: 2a
This variety remains among the most favorite peonies for its large double ruby red flowers; a vigorous peony with excellent foliage that's as lovely in a vase as it is in the garden
Felix Supreme Peony features bold lightly-scented ruby-red flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
This Japanese Tree Peony boasts large, stunning, golden-yellow, double blossoms that bloom 2 to 3 weeks in late spring to early summer. A mature plant can produce over one hundred flowers but its full mounded shape of grayish-green leaves is attractive even when not in bloom.
Huge, silky lemon yellow flowers accented with red create a stunning display in late spring to summer, occasionally repeat blooming into summer. This American hybrid is a long-lived deciduous shrub with a spreading habit and crisp green foliage. Mature plants can carry up to 50 exquisite blooms. Ideal for foundation planting, mixed border, or woodland setting.
The award-winning 'Mons. Jules Elie' is noted for its double pink bloom with beautiful, smooth rosy pink guard petals surrounding a mound of inward-curved silvery-pink petals, providing a slight two-toned effect. Large, light rose-pink. Center incurved and silvered with light grayish pink coloring. Free flowering, fragrant and good cut flower variety. Stems need support when grown in the landscape.
Sporting luscious, velvety, fully double ruby red flowers, 'Paul M. Wild' is magnificent in gardens and an outstanding cutting flower. Unlike some red cultivars, the brilliant color of these flowers won't fade in strong sun. Considered one of the best red doubles, Paul M. Wild flowers in late mid-season.
This award winning peony is incredibly showy in bloom, revered for its excellent plant habit and dark green foliage. Glowing hot pink, large, semi-double flowers with a central boss of bright gold stamens are produced on strong stems early in the peony season. With flowers this gorgeous, it's hard to resist!
Large, semi-double to double, lightly fragrant flowers on strong stems above a compact mound of dark green foliage. Dark lavender-pink petals mature and fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in the center. Prefers full sun to dappled shade. Hybridized by Don Smith, a leading Itoh Peony breeder. An herbaceous perennial.
America's favorite peony, with gigantic, ruffled wine red blooms and a spicy-sweet fragrance. Nicely textured foliage emerges reliably each spring, and with a hot-house-grown sumptuousness, the flowers last for weeks in garden or vase. Unquestionably popular for its huge size, saturated color, and superb performance.
Huge, rich red flowers are made up of a single row of outer petals that surrounds an explosion of smaller, and heavily ruffled petals which keep expanding as the flower opens. An APS Gold Medal winner. Early bloomer.
This classic peony is cherished for its delicate fern-like foliage that sets it apart from all other peonies. Blooms a week earlier than most other peonies. Double red flowers really stand out against the foliage.
Large, bright canary yellow blossoms with showy stamens stand above the lush, dark green, deeply dissected foliage. An especially vigorous plant, the sturdy flower stems require no staking and make excellent cut flowers. An herbaceous perennial.
Stunning semi-double flowers create a stunning display against crisp green foliage. Mature plants can carry up to 50 exquisite blooms, with the red-purple and white striped petals accented by showy yellow center stamens. This long-lived deciduous shrub is ideal for foundation planting, mixed border, or woodland setting.