Alice Harding, hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: This historic tree peony was one of the first large blossomed, yellow hybrids. It was bred by the great Victor Lemoine, at his celebrated nursery in Lorraine. It is the result of a cross between the wild species, P. lutea, and the Japanese cultivar, Yaso-okina (八十翁). Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Flowers are produced on short stems and nod to the side. This defect is overcome by proper siting in the garden. This cultivar is ideally planted in an elevated location where the flowers can be viewed from below. Its compact habit and late flowering time are of additional interest to the imaginative gardener.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: P. lutea hybrid, Lemoine, France 1935.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Compact grower, to 2.5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Ruffled, semi-double to full, double blossoms, 6-7". Flowers hang gracefully above foliage.
Flower fragrance: Strong, sweet, lemon scent.
Bloom time: Late-season hybrid tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first or second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have one woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a well developed root system. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.
When we ship: This plant will ship in FALL 2018. We operate like a CSA (community supported agriculture) where payment in received in advance of the harvest, and the produce is reserved for the customer. Our produce is our nursery stock, which can only be harvested in the fall, when the current season's growth is complete.
About us: Cricket Hill Garden is a family owned and operated nursery founded in 1989 and based in Connecticut. We propagate and grow the vast majority of the plants we sell. Most garden centers and nurseries do the opposite of this, 'buying in' and reselling most plants they offer. Growing our own stock allows us to offer the rare and unusual plants we sell as well as provide the highest quality plants to the discerning gardener. We do not use synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides in our nursery production.