Paeonias still have an air of mystery around them, yet continue to be one of our most asked-after perennials in Spring & early Summer.

We find that every year, we search for something different yet still end up with the same half dozen varieties which are grown commercially. All beautiful in their own right, but meaning that if you’re wanting something different, you have to search for specialists….and pay some very handsome prices!

So, we decided to grow our own respectable range of perhaps 50 varieties, we believe more than you’ll find anywhere (with the exception of the specialist online growers).

Are they difficult? No!

Are they beautiful? Yes indeed!

Are they fragrant? Well, most are, a few aren’t…..we’ve tried to pick some of the best ones.

Are they expensive? We don’t think so. Now you can pay upwards of £50-60 for a single plant, although ours are all under £15. Now when you consider a bunch of flowers can easily cost this…..and a bunch of Paeonias significantly more….then a plant that will last for decades suddenly seems very good value indeed!

There are a few golden rules with Paeonias but provided you don’t plant them too deep, and you give them a sunny spot, they’ll reward you with years and years of pleasure, guaranteed.

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single flowered paeonias

Elegant, timeless, beautiful

Our first category of Paeonias is perhaps the simplest, and the most beautiful. Whilst the demand for doubles is huge, there’s something so captivating about these beautiful single varieties that makes them take your breath away. Like ‘Claire de Lune’ above, they offer something a little more ‘select’ than the heavy doubles. Here’s a few that we hope to have for sale in Spring 2020…

Paeonia ‘Seashell’, an elegant single pink, fading to blush. No need for staking!

Paeonia ‘Seashell’, an elegant single pink, fading to blush. No need for staking!

Paeonia ‘Flame’, a lovely deeply cupped orange-red for a sunny border, with a centre of golden yellow stamens.

Paeonia ‘Flame’, a lovely deeply cupped orange-red for a sunny border, with a centre of golden yellow stamens.

Paeonia ‘Nymphe’, a stunning pink with a strong fragrance.

Paeonia ‘Nymphe’, a stunning pink with a strong fragrance.

Paeonia ‘White Wings’. Pure and simple, it’s just lovely!

Paeonia ‘White Wings’. Pure and simple, it’s just lovely!

So, Golden Rule number 1……When you plant a Paeonia, the critical thing for success is depth. If you plant the root more than an inch below soil level, you’ll get a lovely plant…..but very few, if any, flowers. So always make sure you’re root is planted quite shallowly. Now, onto the next group….

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Semi-double types

Not quite single…..not quite double…..

The semi-doubles sit nicely between the singles and doubles, and offer classic beauty on plants which rarely need staking, as the weight of the flowers isn’t too much to handle. Like ‘Coral Fay’ pictured above, there are some really stunning varieties we’ll have for Spring 2020….

Paeonia ‘Nice Gal’, unusual because it stays very low so is very tough and never needs staking.

Paeonia ‘Nice Gal’, unusual because it stays very low so is very tough and never needs staking.

Paeonia ‘Cheddar Gold’, a lovely creamy white with yellow staminodes.

Paeonia ‘Cheddar Gold’, a lovely creamy white with yellow staminodes.

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meet the doubles….

Our biggest group of Paeonias

The double flowered Paeonias present us with a big problem…..which ones to choose?! There are so many wonderful varieties, literally hundreds, so we’ve researched and researched and come up with perhaps 35 different double flowered varieties. We don’t think you’ll need to look any further to find your perfect Paeonia. Like the stunning ‘Sorbet’ above, we think you’ll have a few you’ll decide you just can’t be without!

Paeonia ‘Big Ben’, a sumptuous red.

Paeonia ‘Big Ben’, a sumptuous red.

Paeonia ‘Nancy Nora’, a captivating pink double, almost rose-like.

Paeonia ‘Nancy Nora’, a captivating pink double, almost rose-like.

Paeonia ‘Seeing Blue’, absolutely unique colour in the Paeonia world.

Paeonia ‘Seeing Blue’, absolutely unique colour in the Paeonia world.

Paeonia ‘Kansas’, one of the best raspberry reds.

Paeonia ‘Kansas’, one of the best raspberry reds.

Paeonia ‘Moonstone’, a superb blush pink with exquisite fragrance.

Paeonia ‘Moonstone’, a superb blush pink with exquisite fragrance.

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the others….double anemone, japanese, anemone, and bomb…..

A lovely mix of some really special varieties

There are so many groups of Paeonias, we’ve put them all in one group, as they don’t quite fit into the other categories. Like ‘Purple Spider’ above, they are all very special in their own way, and all as easy to grow as the others!

Paeonia ‘Honey Gold’, starts as an Anemone then becomes double as it ages.

Paeonia ‘Honey Gold’, starts as an Anemone then becomes double as it ages.

Paeonia ‘Laura Dessert’, as close to yellow as lots of Paeonias get….

Paeonia ‘Laura Dessert’, as close to yellow as lots of Paeonias get….

Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’, very popular and deservedly so!

Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’, very popular and deservedly so!

Paeonia ‘Raspberry Sundae’, this incredible variety is classed as a ‘Bomb’ type

Paeonia ‘Raspberry Sundae’, this incredible variety is classed as a ‘Bomb’ type

Paeonia ‘Petticoat Flounce’, another exquitite variety belonging to the ‘Bomb’ class.

Paeonia ‘Petticoat Flounce’, another exquitite variety belonging to the ‘Bomb’ class.

So, that’s a small taste of what we’ll have to offer in Spring 2020. All varieties subject to availability of course. As always we are on hand to offer advice to all of our customers, and we can help you decide. We will be one of the most competitive outlets to buy your Paeonias!

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how do i find out more?

I want to buy some!

For a full range of varieties we will be stocking, and prices, please email us at ian@theplantman.net, and we can send you over our list of stock. We regret we do not offer a mail order service, these plants are available for collection from our nursery on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border.