Herbaceous peonies Sarah Bernhardt

Peony_SarahBernhardt This pink peony with super-large flowers has always been a favorite, since the flowers are as dramatic as their namesake, the world-famous early stage actress. These double blossoms are very fragrant and a favorite for flower bouquets. The Peony is an extremely long lived, hardy, shrub-like plant. Once they're established, they're as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year. The spreading clumps form hedges.

Peonies are a standard of the perennial border, both as specimens and in groups. Also effective as accents or herbaceous hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls. Flowers are extremely showy, and foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, either alone or as a frame or backdrop for other flowering perennials. Excellent cut flower.

Size: 2-3 eye • Hardiness: Zones 3-8 • Exposure: Full Sun

Peony_SarahBernhardt2Common: Peony • Botanical: Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Height: 35" • Spacing: 2-4' • Bloomtime: Mid Spring

Flower: Pale Pink (double) • Foliage: Glossy, Deep Green

Pests: Peonies are considered to be relatively pest free. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless.

Notes: This herbaceous (soft stemmed) peony is a shrubby plant that, each year, will typically grow to 3' tall by mid-spring, bloom, display attractive foliage throughout the summer and early fall, and then die to the ground after frost. An old standard that features very large, very fragrant, red double flowers. Glossy green foliage is divided into oval to lance-shaped leaflets. Each plant will flower for approximately 7-10 days.

You can plant other peonies with staggered bloom times to extend the total peony bloom period to approximately 6 weeks during May and June. Remove spent flowers after blooming. Cut foliage to the ground and remove from the garden in fall after frost. Plants are long-lived, do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years.

Planting instructions: Easily grown in rich, fertile, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Dig a hole large enough to encompass roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the eyes (tender white swellings protruding from the crown area) are about 1 inch below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Add compost as needed before planting.

Tip: If plants do not flower, possible causes include (1) planted too deep or too shallow, (2) too much shade, (3) late frost killed buds or (4) plant is too young or has been recently moved or disturbed. Large, fully double flowers usually need staking or other support because they tend to arch toward the ground in the best of weather and can be literally driven into the ground by a hard rain.


Peony farm in San Jose

2006-06-06 13:38:33 by 4peonies

If you live in the bay area, I grow over 120 varieties of herbaceous and tree peonies and they can be purchased in 5 gallon containers all year round at the farm. The roots are 2-4 years old. They can also be mail ordered if out of the bay area and shipped in the fall. Visit my web site 4irises.com and see the varieties that I grow. Visitors are always welcome and the peonies are in full bloom right now.


Peonies in pots

2006-06-06 13:30:48 by 4peonies

Peonies can very well be planted in pots but do need full sun except tree peonies that could do with part sun. Peonies can bloom in the bay area very well if planted with the top eyes at the surface level. The main reason that peonies fail to bloom is that they are planted too deeply. I grow over 120 varieties of tree and herbaceous peonies in San Jose. I sell them with at least 5 eyes in 5 gallon containers all year round. See my web site 4irises.com


Peonies from Costco?

2005-01-15 20:53:46 by greedynot

I have not been able to get herbaceous peonies to bloom. Its just not cold enough in much of the area. Where are you in the Bay Area? This is an exceptionally cold year and I am hoping again! You can try the tree peony or herbceous peonies with blooms on them in the spring. But I doubt if you can get the herbaceous ones to bloom the following year though.
Btw, its good to plant the dormant plants and allow the roots to grow before the top does. Maybe March would be a good time. But don't plant if its too wet.


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