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We have already written about nice plants – tree peonies.
Today I would like to share some new photos of this wonderful flower.
Tree peonies can be different colors. This flowers are so bright and beautiful!
However some of peonies does not look great after rains.
Tree peonies were first cultivated 2,000 years ago in China from wild plants found growing in rocky places exposed to harsh extremes of temperature. The plants have also been bred since the 8th century in Japan, which has a climate similar to Britain.
There is no shortage of varieties, both single and double, in a wide range of colours. Providing they are planted properly, they are not at all demanding or difficult to grow.
Tree peonies do best in a sunny spot with rich, well-drained soil that is neither strongly acidic (above pH 5.5) nor prone to getting waterlogged. Sufficient depth is crucial. Japanese tree peonies, which are all grafted onto herbaceous rootstock, must be planted with the graft union about 6in (15cm) into the soil in order to develop into a substantial, healthy-looking plant.
Even when the tree is properly planted, you might have to wait a while for the best blooms as it can take up to four years to establish. It is common for no blooms to appear at all in the second season.
But do not despair: feed the tree with a sprinkling of organic fish, blood and bone mixture, prune out any dead wood and the remains of the previous year’s growth in spring, and in the meantime enjoy the delicate, deep-cut foliage. When the blooms come they will be worth the wait.
There are plenty of tree peony varieties to choose from: Paeonia rockii (formerly known as ‘Rock’s Variety’) has a blackcurrant blotch at the base of pure white petals and is one of the most desirable varieties; until recently it was terribly rare. Hybrids of P. suffruticosa are available in all shades of pink from the delicate, shell-tinged “Haru-no-akebono” to the rich purple “Cardinal Vaughan”. For fresh yellows go for P. ludlowii, with its single, canary blooms, or frillier cultivars such as “Golden Isles” and P. x lemoinei “High Noon”.
One of the most striking varieties, which was looking especially beautiful on my recent visit to Monet’s garden in Giverny, is P. x lemoinei “Souvenir de Maxime Cornu”, which has double, pale apricot blooms with a brownish edge to the petals. The only problem, as with many double varieties, is that the weight of the flowers, especially after rain, causes them to hang down and be hidden among the foliage.
To make a virtue out of this failing, consider planting it in a raised position, such as at the top of a flight of steps, where the blooms can still be enjoyed at their best.