When to cut back herbaceous peonies

When to cut back herbaceous peonies

By Jackie Carroll Peonies, with their big, flashy, often fragrant blossoms become the focal point of the garden in spring. The flowers only last a week or two, but by planting different varieties together you can extend the season to up to six weeks. Once the flowers fade, you are left with an attractive shrub with deep-cut leaves. Pruning peonies is easy, and they often require no pruning at all. So how do you know when to trim peonies? Continue reading to find out more about …

Herbaceous Peonies

Herbaceous Peonies

The time for digging and dividing herbaceous peonies has arrived and can be done anytime through early November. Do you have a large, old herbaceous peony clump that you would like to propagate? The best way to do this is through dividing the root system. This is a form of asexual reproduction, and yields a duplicate of the mother plant. Many plants are propagated this way such as hosta, iris and daylilies. Planting the seeds from a favorite peony variety is s exual reproduction …

Herbaceous peony Roses

Herbaceous peony Roses

My herbaceous peonies are blooming now. This is their second year and they are still small, but starting to fill out a bit. Peony Myrtle GentryMyrtle Gentry is a soft pink with creamy white interior petals. The fragrance is intense and sweet. This one is my most floriferous so far. Peony Paul M. WildPaul M. Wild is my favorite for color. It s a deep raspberry red that does not fade. Not as fragrant as Myrtle though. Peony Vivid Rose Here is Vivid Rose , also a big fat double …

Herbaceous VS tree peony

Herbaceous VS tree peony

Peony - Spectacular Bloom in Late Spring and Early Summer The Herbaceous Peony has long been a stand-by of American gardeners, and rightly so since it, in its many different hybrids and cultivars, is one of the most spectacular, reliably perennial flowers of late spring. But why then, does one so rarely see its relative the Tree Peony in our beds and borders? This hardy, deer-resistant shrub, the national favorite in its native China, flaunts exquisite blossoms measuring as much …

Herbaceous peony plants Adaptations

Herbaceous peony plants Adaptations

Arrangements Using Peonies To make a list of favourite flowers would be difficult indeed. W.H. Davies in his poem Flowers expresses the dilemma more than adequately: ‘What favourite flowers are mine, I cannot say — My fancy changes with the summer’s day ….’ a few lines later he goes on to say : ‘Sometimes I think the rose must have her place — And then the lily shakes her golden dice . . ‘ Certainly, when they put in their first appearance during May I think that the peony would …

Herbaceous and Tree Peonies

Herbaceous and Tree Peonies

Do you have a chimera peony in your garden, at tree peony which also blooms as a herbaceous peony? In fact, this is not some rare mutation, but a rather common circumstance in which the the tree peony’s herbaceous peony understock, or rootstock has sprouted. Tree peonies are most commonly reproduced by grafting. Briefly, this is a method of propagation in which a tree peony scion, or cutting, is fused to the root of herbaceous peony. This acts as a ‘battery’ to power the tree …

Herbaceous and Itoh peonies

Herbaceous and Itoh peonies

One of the things I learned this year about peonies is that there is an intersectional peony which is a cross between a tree peony and a herbaceous peony which grows more vigorous that both. I find that these guys have woody stems, but also produce new eyes as prolifically as herbaceous peonies. ITOH Peony Here s my newest acquisition, a Julia Rose itoh peony which didn t have much root mass, but as long as it gets established in its pot, it should grow well. I planted it as deep …

Herbaceous peony Paeonia

Herbaceous peony Paeonia

Note: minimum retail order is $50. We do not sell cut flowers, but bare-root plants. Price: $6 W-1 Price: $8 W-2 Festiva Maxima - white, early, tall cut flower variety. 3-5 eye division. Solfatare - most fragrant among our peonies. This midseason, medium height peony has yellow central petals prior opening, which later turns to white color. I like French breeder Calot varieties. 3-5 eye division. Price: $6 W-3 Price: Sold out W-4 Duchesse de Nemours - nice fragrance, strong stems …

Herbaceous peony Propagation

Herbaceous peony Propagation

Propagating your own peonies can be fun! Tree peonies are usually propagated by grafting while herbaceous and Itoh peonies are usually propagated by root division. New peonies come from seed. Peonies do not come true from seed (the only exception being large populations of species peonies that are isolated from other peonies) so each seedling is something new. If you wish to multiply one of your prized herbaceous peonies your only real option is to divide it, or graft it if it …