Guardian of the Monastery, tree peony
Notable characteristics: Huge single petals are a pale blend of cream, pink, and lavender, with complimentary flares of dark purple at the center. The flowers are displayed perfectly over a spreading bush. The whole effect created is one of enticing lightness and airy pleasure. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Rockii type, Gratwick, before 1960.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): To 4' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Single, 8-10". Flowers held above the foliage.
Flower fragrance: Slight, floral.
Bloom time: Mid-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the third week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 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 2017. Order to reserve now! 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.