Non-double Japanese peonies - garden decoration


Non-double Japanese peonies - decoration of your garden

Peony cultivar Cora Stubbs

What kind of peonies do we like? What peonies do we plant in the best places? Of course, terry with large luxurious flowers, you might say. I used to think so too. But the weather intervened and made me look at my favorite flowers from a completely different side.

Every spring I look forward to the blooming of the peonies, watching the tight balls of the buds increase in size, as the first flowers open, petal by petal. And now they are blooming, magnificently, you can't take your eyes off. But one morning, going out into the garden, I did not see the blooming peonies.


After a heavy night rain, huge flowers lay on the ground. I cried with frustration and resentment at this damp weather, at this rain, which made the flowers so heavy that the stems broke even on the tied bushes.

Peony variety Kukeni Jishi

The flower beds were ruined, and I still did not enjoy the flowering of my favorites to the end. I had to cut off all the broken flowers, wash them from dirt and put them in vases. And at the same time think about what to do next.

After all, rains are a common occurrence in our country, and disappointment can be repeated. I was not ready to completely abandon peonies and decided to look for varieties with lighter flowers that could withstand the vicissitudes of the weather.


Peony variety Mikado

In the same summer, the search gave its positive results: the whole spectrum of the variety of forms of flowers of non-double peonies opened before me. I flipped through the pages of books, wondering why all this beauty is not yet in my garden. The solution was before my eyes - graceful, light and large flowers of a simple shape, or semi-double, like the skirts of dancers, or anemone, or with the so-called Japanese flower shape.

My choice fell on the Japanese form, which seemed the most attractive to start with. Its name comes from the first peonies exported by Europeans from Japan. Flowers of this type consist of one or two rows of large corolla petals, and in the center there is a "pompom" of narrower petals - modified stamens - staminodes. The color of the main petals of the peonies of this group covers all shades from white to maroon. The middle of the flower can be bright yellow, or the same color as or contrasting with the corolla petals.

The lightness of the flowers on the bush, the variety and sophistication of the form, all spoke in favor of the choice of peonies with a Japanese flower shape.

Peony variety Jan van Leeuwen

The first "Japanese" guest that appeared in my garden was the variety Jan van Leeuven (1928, Holland), p.lactiflora - a pure white cup-shaped flower, in the middle of which there is a neat ball of golden staminodes.

Each stem has two or three lateral buds. Don't delete them. They prolong flowering and make the bush more luxuriant. Flowers on strong stems look up and endure bad weather. The bush is of medium height, compact, does not fall apart, it is not necessary to tie it up.

Peony variety Charles Burgess

The second such peony was a very beautiful variety Charles Burgess (Charles Burgess - Krekler, 1963, USA), p.lactiflora - a deep wine-red color.

In the center of the flower are narrow, wavy, dark red staminodes with yellow curving tips. The stems are slender but strong. The bush does not fall apart. Only adult plants with a large number of stems need support. Variety of medium height and medium flowering time.

Peony variety Neon

The third "Japanese" was the Neon variety (Neon - Nicholls, 1941, USA), p.lactiflora, a seedling from Ama-No-Sode, such an intense bright pink that the eye involuntarily sets it apart from other colors. It does not fade in the sun and does not fade in the rain.

In the center there is a tight ball of pink staminodes with a yellow edging, which continues to grow during flowering, and from its middle narrow pink petals sprout in a tuft. But this happens when the plant gains full strength, around the fourth or fifth year. The bush is high, does not fall apart. This variety is almost not susceptible to diseases, it stands healthy and green until the very frost. The flowering period is average.

After the first three varieties, which showed themselves in all their glory, it was no longer possible to stop. And Japanese peonies literally burst into my garden in a large and friendly crowd.

Peony variety Rashoomon

Rashumon - Rashoomon (Japan, before 1928), p.lactiflora - intense crimson-red color. The flower is large. Staminodes are narrow, wavy, with curled tips and yellow edges. The contrast of the dark red main petals and the bright yellow edging of the staminodes looks impressive. Stems are straight, strong. A bush of medium height. The flowering period is average.

Isani Gidui - Isani Gidui (Japan), p.lactiflora, first appeared under this name in the list of peonies of the American Peony Society in 1928. The correct name is Isami Jishi, translated from Japanese as Smiling Lion - smiling lion.

The flowers are large, white, with a slight pearl-pinkish tinge when dissolved, graceful in shape. The petals are wide, slightly wavy, in two rows. In the center are thin bright yellow staminodes. Flowers seem to soar above the bush on thin but strong stems. The bush is slightly above average. The flowering period is medium late. Weather resistant variety.

Peony cultivar Waikiki

Waikiki - Waikiki (Lins, 1936, USA), p. Lactiflora - rich pink-crimson color, staminodes are red with a cream edge. The flowers are not large, but very graceful and light. The bush does not fall apart, medium height. The flowering period is average.

Cora Stubbs - Cora Stubbs (Krekler, USA), p.lactiflora. The outer petals are pink-lilac, lighter at the edges, the center is densely filled with cream and pink petals. Lots of lateral buds. The stems are strong, straight. The bush is of medium height, does not fall apart, does not need support. The flowering period is average.

Kukeni Jishi - Kukeni Jishi (Japan, before 1928), p.lactiflora - pale pink with a pearlescent sheen, opening, gradually turns white. The flower is large with wavy petals, graceful shape. In the center there is a dense ball of bright yellow staminodes with curving tips. The leaves are corrugated. The height of the bush is average. The flowering period is average.

Peony variety Gold Standart

Gold Standard - Gold Standard (Rosenfield, 1934, USA), p.lactiflora - white, very attractive variety. The outer petals are large in two rows. The center is completely filled with golden yellow staminodes. The stems are strong. The bush is tall and lush, grows quickly, with age it will need support due to the large number of stems. The flowering period is average.

Nellie Saylor - Nellie Saylor (Krekler, 1967, USA), p.lactiflora - wine red. In the center is a dense ball of cream-colored petals with red strokes, between which red petals sprout. The stems are strong. The bush is above average. The flowering period is average.

Walter Mains - Walter Mains (Mains, 1956, USA), h.hybrid (p.lactiflora x p.officinalis) - a real burgundy color with a brown tint. The flower is cupped, the staminodes are narrow with a yellow edging. Flowers rise above the bush. Early flowering period. In 1974 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Peony Society.

Peony variety Hit Parade

Hit Parade - Hit Parade (Nicholls, 1965, USA), p.lactiflora. The outer petals are pink with a lilac tint. Staminodes are narrow, coral-yellow, with sharp tips. Flowers are medium-sized, very light, soar above the bush. Abundant flowering. The flowering period is average.

Mikado - Mikado (1893, Japan), p.lactiflora - intense crimson. Staminodes are yellow, flat, wavy with curved tips, pink at the base. The stems are straight. The height of the bush is slightly above average. The flowering period is average.

Spiffy peony variety

Spiffy - Spiffy (Klehm, 1999, USA), p.lactiflora - raspberry red with a lilac shade.

Wide outer petals surround a large center of creamy pink, as if openwork petals, mixed with narrow wavy petals of the main crimson color. A very effective combination. The flowering period is average.

Japanese peonies are versatile, tolerate both full sun and light gliding partial shade from trees. They are ideal not only for the front part of the flower garden, but also look great against the background of shrubs, harmoniously fitting into the natural style. An array of several bushes of the same variety looks impressive - a lot of soaring flowers over dense green leaves.

Once you see the charm of the graceful and delicate flowers of Japanese peonies, you understand - this love is forever!

Read also:
- Peony - a guest from distant China
- Tree peony
- Growing and varieties of tree peonies
- How I grew a tree peony near St. Petersburg
- Yellow peonies: a dream come true
- Beautiful varieties of peonies and features of growing in the garden
- Why did not the peonies bloom?
- Peony evading - beautiful and healing

Marina Balasis-Chernova,
amateur florist, peony collector,
[email protected],
https://vk.com/club188573730


Classification of varieties by bush height

As already noted, the basis for the classification of peonies can be not only the tone in which the petals are painted, but also other criteria. For example, the height of a flower bush. Let us now consider in more detail the most popular undersized and tall varieties.

Low varieties

Peony hybrid (steppe). It reaches a height of 40 centimeters. Purple-pink buds (12 cm in diameter) are directed in different directions. Blooms in the second half of May. The leaves are narrow, long, dark green in color. The natural habitat in nature is Altai.

The Crimean peony is an endemic inhabitant of the flora of the Crimean peninsula. The flowers are simple, with a few purple petals arranged in a single row. It begins to bloom quite early (already in mid-May). The bush reaches a height of 55-60 centimeters. The increasing human pressure on the environment has led to the fact that this species has become rare in nature.

Tall varieties

If low-growing plants are good, as a rule, only when creating compositions in landscape design, then tall bushes with large, bright flowers can be an independent design element and act as a key element of a project that includes other plants.

The most common garden varieties in domestic conditions include:

Coral Charm (Coral Charm) differs, in addition to the height of the bush, reaching 110 centimeters, the unusual color of the petals (all shades of coral). The color can change during flowering. As a result, the same flower looks different every day.

Sarah Bernhardt can grow up to 1 meter. Perhaps one of the most popular varieties with a long history, for which it has gained countless fans. It enjoys such increased attention from gardeners due to the delicate and delicate color of large flowers (15-20 centimeters in diameter). At the highest flowering point, the number of buds on one bush can approach 40.


What year after planting does the peony bloom?

The time when peonies will bloom will depend on the age of the planting material, growing conditions. If the seedling was 3-4 years old, it is immersed in fertilized soil in the fall, flowers may appear in a year. Treelike varieties delight the owners with bright buds only for 5 years after planting - the peony blooms after this period, not earlier.

Consider the grade. Early types of buds are discarded from the beginning of June, middle ones - closer to the middle of the month, late ones - in July. The total flowering period of the bush rarely exceeds 2 weeks. A peony will bloom after planting quickly or not, largely depends on compliance with the rules of care.

Fertilization affects the timing of flowering, but the variety itself is much more important.


Popular varieties of pink peonies with photos

There are many varieties of pink peonies that are popular in Russia. These flowers look very beautiful. With the right choice of varieties of these plants, flowering can be achieved throughout the summer. That is, some buds will begin to fade, while others will begin to bloom.

It is worth considering the most popular varieties of pink peonies that gardeners grow on their plots:

  1. Pink Double Dandy (Pink) is a hybrid obtained from crossing a tree and herbaceous peony. This variety has a powerful stem, the color of the bud gradually changes during flowering. Usually it is bright at first, but gradually the color becomes less pronounced. Yellow blotches can be found in the center. The stamens are bright golden. They are clearly visible when the bud opens.
  2. The pink cloud is a flower, the height of the bush does not exceed 90 cm. The bush can give up to 5 large double flowers, the diameter of which is about 20 cm. Flowering occurs in July. It is a tree-like peony that blooms 3-4 years after planting.
  3. Karl Rosenfeld is from China. A herbaceous type that can often be found in landscape design. The bush of this flower reaches 100 cm in height and width. Sweet aroma, flowering time - end of July. It tolerates severe Russian winters well. The bud reaches 25 cm in diameter.
  4. The Bowl of Beauty is distinguished by its unusual flowers. They are pink, but white inside, with yellow blotches. Their size is about 20 cm. Purple and lilac peonies of this variety can be found in nature. Flowering occurs at the end of May and lasts until about mid-June. The height of the bush is no more than 80 cm.
  5. Sorbet has relatively small double-type flowers, the diameter of which reaches 18 cm. Herbal type, therefore, the bush does not reach more than 90 cm in height. The petals on the buds grow in three layers, the stamens are petal-shaped. Curly leaves.
  6. Rosi Plena is a low-growing herbaceous plant, the height of which is about 60 cm. It belongs to the early varieties, so it must be planted in early May. The petals are corrugated, their length gradually decreases towards the center.
  7. Dresen Pink looks like the Pink Cloud. The flowers are double and spherical. Their diameter is no more than 16 cm, and the height of the bush is about 80 cm. The stems are strong, the leaves are green. The buds appear late, which must be taken into account when composing the composition in the flower bed. An important difference between these flowers and the Pink Cloud is the presence of silvery tips on the petals.

These are the most popular varieties of pink peonies that are grown today in Russia. However, there are other types of these flowers, which are also often used to decorate garden plots.


Peony's finest hour

In the flower garden, these luxurious plants are like precious stones in exquisite jewelry. What kind of neighbors to choose for them so as not to spoil the "necklace"?

Peonies are rightfully considered the brightest of the plants blooming in late spring and early summer, thanks to the beauty and fragrance of the flowers, as well as the elegant green leaves. In the homeland of the first varietal peonies, in China, these beauties have been grown for more than a thousand years and are even considered a national flower.


Saucer-like flowers of the 'Bowl of Beauty' variety with a lot of stamens effectively decorate the garden

Peonies distinguish between herbaceous, in which the aerial part dies off annually, and tree-like, preserving it all year round.

In mid-June, the luxurious 'Bartzella' variety opens its yellow flowers up to 25 cm in diameter. This is an intersectional hybrid (Ito hybrid), obtained by crossing a tree and herbaceous peony.


In mid-June, plants of the luxurious variety 'Bartzella' open their yellow flowers up to 25 cm in diameter

In culture, the most widespread are precisely herbaceous peonies... Their huge assortment with flowers of various sizes, structure, duration and flowering period can confuse even the most sophisticated gardener. The choice is further complicated by a wide range of shades of flower "caps" - from white, light and dark pink to fiery red.

Even the shape of the "pom-poms" is varied. Distinguish:

  • non-double,
  • semi-double,
  • Japanese,
  • anemone,
  • terry hemispherical,
  • rosy,
  • crown flowers.

But whichever variety you prefer, remember that the peony bushes it is better not to plant in large groups: each individual plant should appear in all its splendor and beauty, clearly visible from all sides.

Our market will help you choose varieties of peonies, where offers from different online stores are collected.

Thoroughly it is worth approaching the choice of the suite for this king of flowers:

  • A classic combination is a combination of pink peonies with gorgeous purple geraniums, soft cuffs or decorative bows.
  • The tenderness of pink flowers will also be well emphasized by the decorative dark greenery of thuja or barberry bushes.
  • With white peonies, dark purple varieties of oak sage ‘Caradonna’ or ‘Tanzerin, catnip, purple astrantia large or foxglove, contrasting color poppy, sage, bells, daylily, honeysuckle bushes are perfectly combined with white peonies.
  • In a small area next to the peonies, you can plant decorative leafy plants or representatives of flora with small flowers. However, they must be either lower than our hero, or significantly higher. Also keep in mind that it is undesirable to plant several varieties of these "bushy" flowers in one place.

The 'Bowl of Beauty' peony is the perfect partner for the 'Globemaster' round-headed onion. The flowering time of these plants is in June.


The perfect partner for the 'Bowl of Beauty' peony is the round-headed onion 'Globemaster'

Left: Harmonious composition of 'Peter Brand' dark pink peonies, 'Claret' astrania, 'Caradonna' sage and 'Rubrum' delicate fennel. On right: Iris ‘Dusky Challanger’ and peony ‘L’Etincelante’ complement each other perfectly. This simple-flowered peony variety was bred in France back in 1905.


Left: Peony 'Peter Brand', Astrantia 'Clare't', Sage 'Caradonna' and Fennel 'Rubrum'. Right: Iris 'Dusky Challanger' and peony 'L'Etincelante'

Left: Hardy ‘Janvan Leeuwen’ attracts with Japanese-shaped white inflorescences. It looks spectacular in a composition with red oriental poppy and pink penstemon. On right: Support for peonies is a must: without it, the bushes will disintegrate.


Left: The hardy 'Janvan Leeuwen' attracts with its white Japanese-shaped flowers. It looks spectacular in a composition with red oriental poppy and pink penstemon. Right: A support for peonies is required: without it, the bushes will disintegrate

Peony is a light-loving culture. therefore the landing site should be as sunny as possible... Heavy shading will badly affect your pet, it may even stop blooming. The ideal soil for it is loose, rich in nutrients. Advice: so that peonies will delight you with luxurious flowering for a long time, every spring, in April - May, apply organic fertilizers to the soil under the bushes.

Pruning advice: As soon as the half-open flowers acquire a bright color, they can be cut and put in a vase - they will stand up to ten days.


Pruning tip: as soon as the half-open flowers become bright, they can be cut and placed in a vase - this way they will last up to ten days


Peony's finest hour

In the flower garden, these luxurious plants are like precious stones in exquisite jewelry. What kind of neighbors to choose for them so as not to spoil the "necklace"?

Peonies are rightfully considered the brightest of the plants blooming in late spring and early summer, thanks to the beauty and fragrance of the flowers, as well as the elegant green leaves. In the homeland of the first varietal peonies, in China, these beauties have been grown for more than a thousand years and are even considered a national flower.

Peonies distinguish herbaceous, in which the aboveground part dies off annually, and treelikepreserving it all year round.

In mid-June, the luxurious 'Bartzella' variety opens its yellow flowers up to 25 cm in diameter. This is an intersectional hybrid (Ito hybrid), obtained by crossing a tree and herbaceous peony.

In culture, the most widespread are precisely herbaceous peonies... Their huge assortment with flowers of various sizes, structure, duration and flowering period can confuse even the most sophisticated gardener. The choice is further complicated by a wide range of shades of flower "caps" - from white, light and dark pink to fiery red.

Even the shape of the "pom-poms" is varied. Distinguish:

  • non-double,
  • semi-double,
  • Japanese,
  • anemone,
  • terry hemispherical,
  • rosy,
  • crown flowers.

But whichever variety you prefer, remember that the peony bushes it is better not to plant in large groups: each individual plant should appear in all its splendor and beauty, clearly visible from all sides.

Thoroughly it is worth approaching the choice of the suite for this king of flowers:

  • A classic combination is a combination of pink peonies with gorgeous purple geraniums, soft cuffs or decorative bows.
  • The tenderness of pink flowers will also be well emphasized by the decorative dark greenery of thuja or barberry bushes.
  • With white peonies, dark purple varieties of oak sage ‘Caradonna’ or ‘Tanzerin, catnip, purple astrantia large or foxglove, contrasting color poppy, sage, bells, daylily, honeysuckle bushes are perfectly combined with white peonies.
  • In a small area next to the peonies, you can plant decorative leafy plants or representatives of flora with small flowers. However, they must be either lower than our hero, or significantly higher. Also keep in mind that it is undesirable to plant several varieties of these "bushy" flowers in one place.

The 'Bowl of Beauty' peony is the perfect partner for the 'Globemaster' round-headed onion. The flowering time of these plants is in June.

Left: Harmonious composition of 'Peter Brand' dark pink peonies, 'Claret' astrania, 'Caradonna' sage and 'Rubrum' delicate fennel. On right: Iris ‘Dusky Challanger’ and peony ‘L’Etincelante’ complement each other perfectly. This simple-flowered peony variety was bred in France back in 1905.

Left: Hardy ‘Janvan Leeuwen’ attracts with Japanese-shaped white inflorescences. It looks spectacular in a composition with red oriental poppy and pink penstemon. On right: Support for peonies is a must: without it, the bushes will disintegrate.

Peony is a light-loving culture. therefore the landing site should be as sunny as possible... Heavy shading will badly affect your pet, it may even stop blooming. The ideal soil for it is loose, rich in nutrients. Advice: so that peonies will delight you with luxurious flowering for a long time, every spring, in April - May, apply organic fertilizers to the soil under the bushes.

Pruning advice: As soon as the half-open flowers acquire a bright color, they can be cut and put in a vase - they will stand up to ten days.



Peony varieties that bloom and smell for a long time

It's nice when flowers delight the eye for a long time and at the same time spread the fragrance. Currently, varieties have been bred that are distinguished by a persistent and tasty smell that will not leave anyone indifferent.

Scarlet Haven - a rare ito-peony, with two-row silky blood-scarlet petals. In the center there is a ring of golden stamens surrounding pistils with red stigmas. Has a rich heady aroma.

Kenary Diamonds - very early peony, blooms in April-May. Terry dense inflorescences of peach color at the base of the petals have a pale pink tint. The edges of the petals are wavy, the flowers are 16-20 cm in diameter, with a delicate sweet aroma. The flowering period is 15-20 days.

Blush Queen - similar to a cake - terry, white-cream on the outside and yellowish on the inside, with a pale pink center. A delicious scent, combining notes of apricot, vanilla and cinnamon, emphasizes the delicious image.

Peaches and Cream - a spectacular two-tone head formed by the lower wide pink petals and the upper ones - narrow cream ones. Has a delicate aroma.

Among the varieties of peonies that bloom and smell for a long time, one can distinguish Cora Stubs, Mikado, Emily Olson, Neon.



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