Thursday, April 21, 2011

The carefree Peony for your southern garden

English: Pink Peony with water drops on it fro...Image via WikipediaEnglish: White peony flower Русский: Цветок бе...Image via WikipediaPaeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty' flower.Image via WikipediaPaeonia lactiflora cultivar. Photograph of one...Image via WikipediaPeoniesImage via WikipediaPink Peony (Paeonia lactiflora cultivar)Image via WikipediaSouth Carolina gardens can be a challenge for many, finding the right plants for the environment that can tolerate drought, heat and a lot of sun is a top priority. However, with a little care and diligence there are great choices that can work in the southern zone 8 growing area. Peonies are big and showy bushes with beautiful vibrant flowers.

They are long lived perennials that require minimum care, do well in zones 3-8, and can live in partial shade to full sun. The other wonderful feature of these flowers is their delightful fragrance, making them one of the best choices for your South Carolina perennial garden. Three great choices for your southern garden:

Sorbet Peony
The unusual pink and white 5-7" double blooms of this hybrid are as delectable as an elegant dessert. Fragrant flowers provide breathtaking beauty in early summer, and handsome foliage turns red in fall. Bushy plants grow up to 4' tall and require no care. Space 36" apart. Does best in full sun to part shade. #1 field-grown plants. Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sorbet’.

Taki Peony
For many generations, captivating, carefree peonies have been the pride of spring gardens throughout America. These luscious, full, multi-petaled flowers have a delightful fragrance, are exquisite in any garden and provide long-lasting beauty for your late spring bouquets. After they bloom, you’ll enjoy the lovely emerald foliage as a shapely 24-30" hedge. These hardy plants are easy to grow and can be left undisturbed for years. Plant 24-30" apart. Choose from three popular varieties. Does best in full sun to part shade. #1 field-grown plants. Zones 3-8. PaeoniaPaeoni

Paeonia lactiflora 'Gay Paree'Image via WikipediaGay Paree Peony
Pink-raspberry blossoms with fluffy white centers atop sturdy 30-36" tall stems in early summer. Fragrant and romantic, they are amazing when grouped in borders or bouquets. #1 field-grown plants. Paeonia ‘Gay Paree’.
To order these online I suggest checking out Springhill Nursery.
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