Tree Peonies

May 28, 2009

Amy is our nursery manager, and the way she likes to tell it, one of the former owners of Rocky Dale, Bill Pollard went through phases with plants.  One of his phases was tree peonies.  We have several in the garden and they are BEAUTIFUL!  I don’t know much about tree peonies.  Gardening most of my life in Minneapolis, where it’s zone 4, but often zone 3, tree peonies weren’t at the top of my list for trial. (though I have a healthy case of zone denial).

We have an inventory of what was planted in the gardens at Rocky Dale.  That inventory list though, doesn’t record what came out, just what went in, and not everything that went in was recorded.  Therefore, we have a list of what the possible varieties of tree peonies we have might be.  Here is that list:  Demoto Hybrid, Chinese Dragon, Gold Sovereign, Right Royal, and “Snowy Flower from Ice Mountain”.  We have a good idea that the last one is the white tree peony, and that it’s a rockii hybrid.  If you know something about tree peonies, please fill us in.

Below, I present to you some photos of some of the tree peonies now in bloom.  I have to say that in my 6 seasons here at Rocky Dale, I haven’t seen them bloom this beautifully and abundantly before.  I have a new found appreciation for them and hope to revitalize many of the struggling plants now growing in too dense shade.

Paeonia suffruticosa

Paeonia suffruticosa
Paeonia suffruticosa

paeonia suffruticosa

Paeonia suffruticosa

Paeonia suffruticosa

Paeonia suffruticosa

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