Tree peonies blooming at Cricket Hill Garden. Here we have interplanted hosta, and allowed some digitalis to self-seed. If we are to consider peony plants as part of the broader landscape plan, the questions of placement and design are numerous. This is especially true as one considers the subtle, yet distinct characteristics of peony varieties. […]
Because all types of peonies can be incredibly long-lived, yet relatively care-free perennials, its important to start with vigorous nursery stock and site a new planting in an area where it will thrive. All types of peonies need: Fertile, well-drained soil with a mildly-acid to neutral pH of 6.5-7. Never plant a peony in a soggy […]
The principle method by which tree peonies are propagated is by grafting. This is a rather involved, labor intense procedure. Much simpler is to propagate your favorite tree peony by means of division. The technique used for this is similar to that for dividing herbaceous peonies. Not all tree peonies are good candidates for division. […]
Do you have a large, old herbaceous peony clump that you would like to propagate? The best way to do this is through dividing the root system. This is a form of asexual reproduction, and yields a duplicate of the mother plant. Many plants are propagated this way such as hosta, iris and daylilies. Planting […]
From mid August to early October is the time to graft tree peonies in our USDA zone 6. Grafting is the most efficient means of reproducing a new clone of an existing tree peony variety. This is an ancient technique whereby the bud of the desired variety is fused onto an under-stock of either tree […]
Early spring is the best time to prune a mature tree peony. The window to do this in the zone 6 ande below is after the buds have begun to swell, and before new growth has commenced. In warmer areas, zone 7 and above where there is little risk of winter injury, pruning can be […]
Now that the snow is finally melted, the peonies are beginning to wake up. We generally leave a few inches of natural mulch, i.e. leaf litter around our peonies for the winter. With our herbaceous and intersectional peonies (as shown above) we leave 2-3"of stem in the fall so its easy to find them in the spring […]
Below is a rough breakdown of the bloom times of the various types of peonies. During very warm springs this period is very compressed. We have listed here a few cultivars for each bloom period. In the cultivar descriptions for our tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies on our website we list the bloom period. (Dates […]
Board of Directors and Officer Election Results (terms 2020-2022) The American Peony Society would like to congratulate the following members, elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Membership Meeting, held August 1, 2020: Craig Aiken, Adriana Feng, Lois Girton, Leena Liljestrand, David Maltby, David Michener, Mike Miller, Mary Muellner, Brandie Orchard, […]
You don’t have to grow peonies to enjoy them. The link below will take you Jigsaw Explorer Puzzle Player, which will display a puzzle of a flower from the cultivar ‘Guardian of the Monastery’. A great way to practice your puzzle skills while waiting for an appointment or if you have down time! Peony Puzzle […]
‘Hillary’ The American Peony Society is pleased to announce ‘Hillary’ as the recipient of the 2020 Gold Medal and the 2021 Peony of the Year. ‘Hillary’ is a cultivar belonging to the Itoh (Intersectional) group, which is a hybrid between a herbaceous peony and a woody (tree) peony. Registered in 1999 by hybridizer Roger Anderson […]
Take the APS Popularity Poll: The 20 Peonies I Have to Own Deadline July 15, 2020 What if you were limited to just 20 peonies – those personal favorites you just can’t do without for your garden? What would be on your have-to-have list? The American Peony Society is conducting a popularity poll to find out. […]
Paeonia wendelboi is one of the newer species being seen in a number of collections worldwide. The species originates in the Talysh area of Iran and was introduced into culture in 1980 through the collection of seeds. The habitat is located in Northeast Iran in a low mountain region. The region is dry, rocky and […]
Spring in the north almost always brings the challenges of frost damaged peonies. Often damage by light freezes is visible through wilting stems in the morning and plants bounce back later in the day. Occasionally colder nights produce lasting damage exemplified by dead shoots, which do not recover. Generally temperatures which fall below 25 F […]
New Features For American Peony Society Members Attention American Peony Society Members, the exclusive Member Portal is operational and ready for use! If you are not a paid member of the American Peony Society, please purchase a membership which includes access to this new feature and a subscription to the Bulletin (among other things). […]
2020 Convention, Exhibition and Flower Show Cancelled CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) NOTICE – Now that the novel coronavirus has been declared an international pandemic, the American Peony Society has made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Convention scheduled for June 11 – 14, 2020, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Out of an abundance of caution and […]
Now available: APS Bookstore The Directory features descriptions and color images of each cultivar registered through the APS in 2019. Softcover. 56 pages. Supplies are limited. More than 100 new peony cultivar registrations were processed by the APS in 2019. This represents the largest class of registrations since 2001, when 276 were recorded (mostly submitted […]
Announcing The CPS National Show (Cancelled due to pandemic concerns) Get Your Peony Fix North of the Border Each year a number of peony gatherings are planned in North America and the CPS show is one of the gems. While this show takes place in Canada, many Americans make the trip north to view the […]
The food storage roots of well-grown healthy peonies will generally by symmetrical in outline and in cross section, smooth of surface. If there are branch storage roots, expect them to be smaller but otherwise similar. Also, by late summer, as we get into digging season, expect the current year feeder roots (those which have not […]
Gift - A.P. Saunders pauses before he begins hybridization, Clinton, NY, 1917. Sable brush in hand, amid cupped peonies drenched in sunlight, iridescent as fine china, the memory of my father blooms. The post Gift poem by Blaine Marchand appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
There are over 5,000 varieties of the common garden or herbaceous peony. Fall is the opportune time to plant your freshly dug roots. If you purchase a potted root these can be planted anytime of the year. The post Planting / Care / Drying / Cutting / Storing appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
Arthur Percy (A.P.) Saunders, over his long career as a peony hybridizer, had over 17,224 seedlings (hybrids, tree peonies and species peonies) in his gardens. He propagated and named only 271 of them. Interestingly, only 11 of these were officially registered. The post Creating New Peonies appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
Hybridizing is as simple as playing bee. Yes, I said bee. Hybridizing is full of wonder, leaving us full of delighted anticipation. Choose the plants which characteristics you most admire. eg: the size of bloom from one and the height of another. The post Hybridizing Peonies by Margaret Sequeira appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
There are five basic flower forms generally acknowledged to occur in herbaceous peonies. Unfortunately, the demarcation where one form leaves off, and another begins, is not always distinct, nor sharply defined. The post Flower Forms in Peonies appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
A peony seed germinates in response to the same sequence of environmental conditions whether it is out of doors where nature has full sway, or is kept indoors in contrived conditions. In either case the minimum requirements of a particular seed must be met or it will fail. Each peony seed has its own individual […]
WOW. Is there another word for Wow? This is definitely mind blowing! For the first time ever here at Southern Peony, we've had a Week 9 Bloom Season! That is probably very rare, especially for the South, where it usually goes from winter to summer in 1 week flat. LOL. I must say I am […]
Peony 'White Cap' in Dire Need of Support Day after day, I just couldn't take looking at it this way anymore. This Peony 'White Cap' just kept blooming and blooming. I thought at some point it would just quit blooming and I wouldn't have to watch the blooms keep opening on the ground, but it […]
It looks like the "Firefly"s came out this week. It is always so neat to see the wild, twisted, and striped petals on Peony 'Raspberry Firely' and Peony 'Pink Firefly'. Peony 'Candy Stipe' is always one of the last peonies to bloom in my garden, and I always look forward to it's peppermint like stipes […]
Herbaceous Peony 'Juliska' Giant Leaves 10 Inches Across So the foliage on the Peony 'Juliska' is not as large as the foliage that grew on my 2013 Peony Foliage on Steriods! Peony 'Bowl of Cream'. However it is still really, really big. I am wondering if this Peony 'Juliska' foliage will grow this large every […]
Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson' WOW! That's all I can really say about this Giant Bloom on my Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson'. Of all the intersectional peonies I grow, the flowers on this one are definitely the largest. This is actually the first year this intersectional peony has bloomed for me. I first planted […]
Never Have I Ever...1. Never Have I Ever had 4 weeks of intersectional peony cultivar blooms opening for the first time, until 2 weeks ago!2. Never Have I Ever had 5 weeks of intersectional peony cultivar blooms opening for the first time, until last week!3. Never Have I Ever had an intersectional peony open for […]
The lactifloras are definitely out this week. I can't believe how many blooms we had opening this past week in May our 7th week of bloom! I have never seen a bloom season quite like this one, and I am just thrilled. I wish our spring weather could be this temperate and easy on the […]
Transplanting an Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella'in Spring to Grandma's House Maybe I was encouraged by the mild spring we've been having. Or maybe I just couldn't bear to see Grandma's yellow peony not thrive and grow another year in a row. So I decided to dig her up one of my Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella' plants in […]
More Intersectional Peony Seedlings Pop Up - 4/26 They're alive! They're alive!! Well, it took quite a while from when the first intersectional peony seedling popped up on March 26th, 2020 Intersectional Peony Seedling Pops Up!, for another one of them to pop up. It was literally a month later when the 2nd two intersectional […]
Tulip World Intersectional Peony 'Scrumdidleyumptious'Actually Peony 'Coral Charm' Well, I suppose if you're going to get an incorrect peony for $12.95, Peony 'Coral Charm' is a great peony to get. I must say it is definitely disappointing to get the wrong peony from 2018 Tulip World Offers Intersectional Peony 'Scrumdidleyumptious' for $12.95!, but I think […]