Peonies, one of the most commonly planted species in North America are popular for their glossy green foliage and highly fragrant and massive blooms. They were a favorite in my Mom’s garden to snip and present as a gift to my Mom, as if I had anything to do with their growth and beauty. Also known as “Chinese peonies,” these herbaceous perennials are simply timeless and the perfect addition to a California landscape.  Please Note - not all varieties may be available at all locations


Bartzella Itoh Peony

Bartzella Itoh Peony

Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Bartzella'

Very large, bright yellow double blossoms with a slight red center stain stand above the lush, dark green, deeply dissected foliage. Flowers have a pleasant, slightly spicy scent. An especially vigorous plant with sturdy flower stems that do not require staking. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Quickly reaches 2 ½ to 3 ft. tall and wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Bowl of Beauty Herbaceous Peony

Bowl of Beauty Herbaceous Peony

Paeonia x 'Bowl of Beauty'

Lovely fuchsia pink petals create a bowl around the pale lemon yellow center of each bloom. The stunning spring flowers are displayed on sturdy, upright stems above the lush green foliage. An excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or for use in mixed or shrub borders. A choice cut flower. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Buckeye Belle Herbaceous Peony

Buckeye Belle Herbaceous Peony

Paeonia x 'Buckeye Belle'

Semi-double, velvety, dark red blooms are held on sturdy stems that hold up well for use as cut flowers. The deep, rich color looks amazing when combined with yellow-flowering spring bulbs. Use as a showy spring specimen in mixed shrub borders. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Quickly reaches 1½ to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Cora Louise Itoh Peony

Cora Louise Itoh Peony

Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Cora Louise'

Large, semi-double, lightly fragrant blossoms, white with striking dark lavender central flares, stand above lush, toothed foliage. An especially vigorous plant - producing up to 50 blooms in a single season; the sturdy flower stems require no staking. A wonderful addition to any spring bouquet. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Quickly reaches 2½ ft. tall, 3½ ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Kansas Double Peony

Kansas Double Peony

Paeonia x 'Kansas'

Huge, double, carmine red blooms are displayed on the bold, erect stems of this clumping perennial. An excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or use in perennial or shrub borders. Choice cut flowers. American Peony Society award recipient. Deciduous.

  • Light Needs: Full sun
  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden

Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony

Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony

Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Pink Double Dandy'

Large, semi-double to double, lightly fragrant flowers on strong stems above a compact mound of dark green foliage. Dark lavender-pink petals mature and fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in the center. Prefers full sun to dappled shade. Hybridized by Don Smith, a leading Itoh Peony breeder. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Moderate growing; reaches 24 to 30 in. tall and wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Lady Orchid Peony

Lady Orchid Peony

Paeonia x 'Lady Orchid'

Slightly fragrant, soft lavender-pink, double blooms on a robust rounded plant of lush, green foliage. An excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or for use as a spring specimen in sunny gardens and shrub borders. A mid-season bloomer that provides superb cut flowers. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Paul M. Wild Double Peony

Paul M. Wild Double Peony

Paeonia x 'Paul M. Wild'

Spectacular, ruby-red, double blooms are displayed on the sturdy erect stems of this clumping perennial. An excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or in perennial and shrub borders. A choice cut flower. Deciduous.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden.

Raspberry Sundae Peony

Raspberry Sundae Peony

Paeonia x 'Raspberry Sundae'

Large, luscious, fragrant, soft pink, double flowers with sweet cream tones for classic charm and endearing springtime color. An exquisite cut flower for a spring bouquet. Robust, rounded plants of lush, green foliage work well as background for spring bulbs, or for use in beds and borders. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall and wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden.

Sequestered Sunshine Itoh Peony

Sequestered Sunshine Itoh Peony

Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Sequestered Sunshine'

Large, bright canary yellow blossoms with showy stamens stand above the lush, dark green, deeply dissected foliage. An especially vigorous plant, the sturdy flower stems require no staking and make excellent cut flowers. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Quickly reaches 3 to 3½ ft. tall and wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden.

Shirley Temple Double Peony

Shirley Temple Double Peony

Paeonia x 'Shirley Temple'

Huge, fully double, white blooms with a hint of rose coloring are backed by a lush mound of glossy green, deer resistant foliage. An excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or for use as a spring specimen in beds and borders. A classic for cut flower arrangements. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Quickly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden

Takara™ (Treasure) Itoh Peony

Takara™ (Treasure) Itoh Peony

Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Smith Opus 2' Plant Patent

An exquisite, ever-changing blend of colors! Large, nearly 6 inches wide, light yellow blooms are heavily flushed with deep lavender-pink, giving them a mostly pink appearance. In time, the pink and yellow fades to pale white, with a large dark burgundy flare in the center. Hybridized by Don Smith, a leading Itoh Peony breeder. An herbaceous perennial.

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Average Landscape Size: Moderate growing; reaches 24 to 30 in. tall and wide.
  • Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Planting & Care

Thrives in organically rich, well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove spent blooms for a tidy appearance. Prune foliage in fall. Needs little fertilization; an annual side dressing of organic compost is beneficial.

Source: Monrovia.com


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