Fragrance is the key both to great garden design and to the perfect fresh bouquet. These three varieties are hard to beat for perfume. They're as pleasing to the eye as they are to the nose, with full, fluffy flowers in complementary colors. And as luck would have it, all of this excellence comes on an entirely easy–care plant. Once established, they will last decades without much maintenance. If you're hoping to keep your peonies as cut–flowers for a special occasion, you can cut when the buds are still hard. Wrap the bouquet up in newspaper and store your bouquet in the refrigerator until 24 hours before your event. Then, left in room temperature water, they should bloom beautifully, in time for your guests to enjoy. Includes Duchesse de Nemours, Mons. Jules Eli and Sorbet.
Paeonia lactiflora 'Eden's Perfume', 'Duchess de Nemours', 'Mme. Emile Debatene'
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height/Habit:24 - 36 inches
Spread:24 - 36 inches
Spacing:24 - 36 inches
Flowering Date:Mid to late spring
Planting Instructions:Plant with eyes just below the soil. Planting too deep will result in poor flowering.
Winter Care:None, except to mulch the first winter especially if fall planted.
Growth Rate:Initially slow but becomes moderate after 1-2 years.
Foliage Type:Long dark green foliage
Pruning:Only to remove spent blooms and remove tops after freezing in fall. After flowering and after tops freeze in fall.
Soil Requirement:Prefers well drained, but suitable for almost all types of soils.
Watering Requirement:Prevent the soil from drying out during spring and summer