Sequential Bloomer herbaceous peony collection
One of the few laments ever uttered about peonies is that their season is so short. Indeed, an ever blooming peony would be a million dollar plant. While this fanciful plant may be the dream of some breeders, a more grounded solution is to plant a range of different peony cultivars which bloom over the course of the season. We selected the varieties in this collection with this goal in mind. The combined bloom time of these three peonies will stretch for over a month, from mid-May to mid-June.
These three peonies are also representative of some of the different types of herbaceous peonies. 'Claudia' is a hybrid with vibrant blossoms and strong stems, it is an excellent landscape plant which does not require staking. 'Purple Phoenix Feather' is an early blooming lactiflora type with a strong clove fragrance and decent stem strength. Le Cygne, is a herbaceous peony of Chinese origin which was selected in France over 100 years ago as a variety for the cut flower industry. It is wonderfully fragrant with multitudes of silken petals. Like many such classic varieties, it is best suited for the cutting garden.
Bloom time: These showy peonies bloom in our USDA zone 6a garden from mid-May to early-mid June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 3-9.
Plant sizes: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will most likely flower in its second spring in the ground, though many do bloom the first spring.