1. Coral Charm
These herbaceous beauties get their name from their striking colour. Often used in wedding bouquets, Coral Charms are early bloomers (around June) and open to reveal a peach centre. They are referred to as a “semi-double peony” because of their multiple row of petals.
2. Festiva Maxima
The Festiva Maxima variety, also a herbaceous peony, bloom into large, pure-white, fragrant flowers with streaks of crimson in the centre.
Itoh peonies (also known as Intersectional Peonies) are a cross between herbaceous and tree varieties, and the only ones that come in yellow, like these beautiful Bartzellas. Plant them to lengthen the peony bloom time in your garden, as they blossom after herbaceous and tree varieties.
4. Julia Rose
Julia Rose peonies, also Itohs, go through many colour changes, from cherry red, to orange and apricot with purple edges, and finally to yellow. Their sturdy stems don’t require staking, and their scent is often described as “spicy.” Itoh varities tend to flower over a longer period of time and can have up to 50 blooms on one plant.
The lightly fragraant Immaculee is a single peony variety because it has just one row of overlapping petals.
6. Duchesse de Nemours
This double herbaceous white peony has a pretty light yellow base and multiple rows of petals for a full and fluffy look.
7. Nick Shaylor
This late-blooming herbaceous peony opens to a beautiful blush colour. It’s a nice complement in a bouquet filled with white peonies.
8. Kamata Nishiki
The Kamata Nishiki is a tree peony, which means it blooms earlier than herbaceous varities. Tree peonies produce huge, opulent flowers in a wide range of colours and shapes.
9. Krinkled White
This delicate-looking single peony has a one layer of petals that look like crinkled tissue paper.
10. Yoshino Gawa
Photo, Aston Simms.
This tree peony produces massive, pale pink blooms. They drop their leaves in autumn, but unlike herbaceious varieties, you don’t need to cut them down.