Paeonia (Paeony) Popular Shrubs for the Garden
The shrubby paeonias, varieties of, known as Moutan paeonies, are among the most showy of garden plants for a few weeks in April and May. Their large semi-double or fully double in shades of crimson, pink, carmine, purple and white, often splashed with another colour, are among the glories of the garden at that time. They grow to 4-6 feet tall and a well-grown plant may be 3-4 feet wide.
They are not difficult plants to grow but, although hardy, they may be damaged by frosts and for that reason are best planted in sheltered situations, particularly where the morning sun cannot reach them, because rapid evaporation of dew or frost will damage the delicate blooms. They will grow in any reasonably rich and well-dug.
A very good effect can also be obtained with the large bright yellow single blooms of Paeonia lutea of which the best form is Paeonia ludlowii. This variety should reach 6 feet with ease, Paeonia lutea has been crossed with Paeonia suffruticosa to produce the lemoinei hybrids, such as Paeonia ‘Alice Harding’, a double canary yellow, and ‘Souvenir de Maxime Cornu’, which has very large bright yellow flowers and petals edged with red.
These tree paeonies need nobut dead wood should be cut away in the spring.
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