Our catalogue of fine peony rootstock & seeds
Paeonia lactiflora – the herbaceous peony – is one of the delights of the plant kingdom, and makes a spectacular display as a cut flower.
In February we email out the new plant list so our customers can place their orders before we dig in April. The cutoff date for orders is April 14. The peonies are then dug to order and will recover quickly from transplanting provided they are not out of the ground for too long.
Orders will be sent as soon as they are ready from early May onwards.
We recommend that you have the site for your peony plant prepared in advance. The plant needs to quickly grow new feeder roots before the soil chills.
Detailed growing instructions will be included with your order. Peonies are not hard to grow as long as your climate has a cold winter.
You can enrich the soil, alter drainage, irrigate and choose degrees of sunlight for a plant but you can’t alter the climate.
We have very few frosts here and the peonies thrive so we don’t think they need extreme cold. The important factor seems to be a dormant period. If you have any doubts ask for our fact sheet on growing peonies in Los Angeles.
Here are photos of some of our varieties. They are not always available and the price is variable when a variety is on “Special”
We dig the roots in the Autumn, so the latest we can accept orders is April 14. Available in Australia only.
P021 The petals of this glowing pink single have an amazing sheen which offer a glorious foil to the golden stamens. Flowering very early this is not a tall growing peony but everything about it is sturdy. Thick stems, leaves and petals help the plant to cope with any inclement weather. Glasscock 1939, a cross between Paeonia lactiflora and Paeonia peregrina.
P020 Another early flowering variety. A low growing double which starts to open with a blush of palest pink turning to white when fully open.
P042 This plant presents red at every stage of it’s growth. Red shoots in the spring, red stems, red tinted leaves and when it blooms – an amazing magenta flower with glowing golden stamens. The contrast is stunningly regal – the petals like velvet and the stamens like a queen’s crown.
P020 The softly cupped outer petals are a wonderful shade of china pink which changes to a paler pink in the centre. The long yellow stamens are a bees delight.
Mons Charles Leveque
P022 This peony flower is an unusual shade of dark pink. It has the mauve shade we associate with old roses, the perfume too is strongly rose like. This is another peony bred by Calot in 1861.
P006 The large outer petals are a soft shade of pink while the central petals are almost white. A glow of yellow surrounds the stamens nestled at their base.
P003 A beautifully formed flower of dark pink petals. The tightly curling inner petals create a stunning pink bomb which rests upon the larger guard petals. This variety flowers over a several week period late in the season.
P005 Vibrant deep pink petals develop from a bud which promises to be pale pink. The large petals are finely edged with white and the flower is loosely formed. The plant was bred by Hollis in 1906.
P001 A large pink bloom with frill edged petals. The flower opens wide to show lovely yellow stamens. This is a very vigorous plant with dark green leaves, long strong stems and many attractive dark red side buds. It is the peony most people see in the florist shops and is known as the ‘big pink’. If you think peonies are difficult to grow try this one. Bred by Lemoine in 1906.
Dr Alexander Fleming
P008 A double lactiflora with very large, vibrant pink flowers. The buds are also very attractive because of the striking green and red striped calyx. We find these pretty stripes a great help when we are sorting a pile of mixed cut flowers into varieties ready for bunching.
P010 A medium dark pink flower. The large guard petals open to reveal a ball of softly curling inner petals. Bred by Lemon in 1824.
P021 This flower is a double pink lactiflora. The guard petals are a pale pink and the centre is a froth of cream and palest pink petals. The plant was bred by Miellez in 1856.
P027 The dark green leaves of this plant are a wonderful contrast to the flower of delicate marshmallow pink. The flower gradually turns a snowy white. This variety flowers prolifically.
P038 A flower with unusually coloured large loose petals. They are a vibrant pink at the base while the outer edges shimmer a paler silvery pink. Rich yellow stamens gleam down deep among the froth of petals. This is a very tall vigorous bush. Bred by Kreckler in 1962.
P040 An old variety and one of the earliest to flower at Highcroft. The guard petals are pale pink while the central petaloids are cream. It’s a vigorous plant with lovely red shoots appearing late in the winter.
P045 One of our latest varieties, some years flowering right up until Christmas. This is an unusual peony because each plant has some dusky pink flowers plus an equal number of hot pink blooms with a pale frill. The leaves are round, crinkled and almost an olive colour when compared to the deep green of the lactifloras.
Boule de Neige
P004 NEW Boule de Neige – A lovely white double,similar to Festiva Maxima but instead of streaking some petals have a very fine frill of magenta. Heavy dark foliage with strong stems. Calot 1867.
Please request our list of available plants and prices.
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