Thursday, April 4, 2013

Garden Peonies

Did you know that the peony is named after Paean, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing? When Asclepius became jealous of Paean, Zeus saved him by turning him into the Peony flower.

At Loma Vista Nursery, we grow seven different varieties of Peonies.

Dr. Alexander Fleming

Dr. Alexander Fleming has double pink flowers with inner petals that are curled to give it a sphere like shape.  Very fragrant. 
 
 Festiva Maxima

Festiva Maxima has large, pure white, double flowers with occasional specks of crimson at the center. The flowers are held up by strong, erect stems. Fragrant.

Karl Rosenfield
 
Karl Rosenfield has large, double bright red flowers. 




Edulis Superba



Edulis Superba is a double lavender pink peony. The center petals are different shades of pink. It is one of the most fragrant peonies.

 

Pink Dawn





 
Pink Dawn has single to semi-double large rose-pink flowers which are lighter as they move towards the center. This peony has gold stamens and a light fragrance.

Sante Fe



Santa Fe is a two toned peony. Its blooms are cerise-pink on the outer edges and creamy white on the inside. It has very sturdy stems.


 

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt has large, double rose pink flowers. The inner petals are ruffled and have silver margins. Fragrant.
Good background companion plants for Peonies are Lilacs, Hibiscus, Clematis and Evergreens. Knock Out Roses, Daylilies, Iris, Campanulas, Coneflowers and other sun loving plants will give color all season long.
Kate Williams, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

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