|Festiva Maxima after the heavy rains last night. I use a peony hoop for support. Without it my plants would be flattened.|
Here at Seven Oaks, I have four peony bushes from a sample package of five I purchased in 2008. I bought the sample collection from Breck's nursery and four survived. The four that survived include:
- Dr. Alex Fleming, a hot pink flower
- Festiva Maxima - my all time favorite
- President Taft - delicate pink flowers (doesn't remind me of Taft at all, but go figure)
|Pres. Taft peony (background) with salvia blooming (foreground)|
Two peonies - Sorbet and Dr. Alex Fleming - are in the island bed. Flanking the garden path at the corners where two pathways meet are the "Festiva Maxima" and "President Taft" peonies, like twin sentinels greeting you after you enter through the main garden pathway.
Peonies won't bloom if they don't receive enough sunlight, so be sure to plant them in full sun. They also dislike being moved or divided and may sulk the first year after transplanting.
I wrote an article on How to Get Peony Flowers to Bloom which many readers wrote to me to say they found helpful. Please click the link above to read my tips on getting your peonies to bloom.
More pictures from the flower garden at Seven Oaks. These were taken last year.
|Pinks dominate this corner of the garden - foxglove and peony in bloom|
|Year two for this peony and it is loaded with flowers.|
|Festiva Maxima with red dianthus at its feet.|