15 Gorgeous Peonies

Our guide to favorite varieties in pinks, reds, yellows, and more

'Bartzella' Itoh hybrid peony'Bartzella' Itoh hybrid peony
Bright yellow double blooms have a spicy scent. Stems are sturdy and foliage is lush and dark green.
A new introduction, 'Bartzella' is especially vigorous, blooms in late spring, and grows 2½ to 3 feet tall and wide.

'Blaze' Herbaceous peony'Blaze' Herbaceous peony
With ruffled red petals around a yellow center, these single blooms resemble fluffy bowls atop erect stems on a 2-foot-tall and 2
½-foot-wide plant.
Grow it behind spring bulbs or as an accent in perennial borders (blue-flowered Campanula glomerata makes a pretty companion). Bloom time is mid- to late spring.

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'Bowl of Beauty' Herbaceous peony'Bowl of Beauty' Herbaceous peony
Bowl-shaped, fuchsia-pink blooms have tufts of creamy white petals in the center; the fragrant flowers start opening in midspring on plants 1
½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

'Buckeye Belle' Herbaceous peony'Buckeye Belle' Herbaceous peony
A semidouble variety with velvety, dark red blooms atop sturdy stems, this stunner makes a showy cut flower. It grows 1
½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

'Cora Louise' Itoh hybrid peony''Cora Louise' Itoh hybrid peony'
Fragrant, white semidouble blooms open to show off their deep lavender-pink markings around yellow centers.
The plant is especially vigorous, producing up to 50 blooms in a season (starting in late spring), once established. It grows to 2½ feet tall and 3½ feet wide.

'Festiva Maxima' Herbaceous peony'Festiva Maxima' Herbaceous peony
Huge, pure white double flowers with vivid crimson flecks make a showy bouquet in a white ceramic vase. They're fragrant too. The plant grows to 3 feet tall and wide and blooms in mid- to late spring. It's one of the best for mild coastal climates, but it can't take inland heat.

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'Going Bananas' Itoh hybrid peony'Going Bananas' Itoh hybrid peony
Yes, you'll go bananas for these huge, deep yellow semidouble blooms with a slightly spicy scent.
They're eye-catching in beds of blue and white flowers, with a spritz of lime foliage. The plant blooms in spring and grows 2 to 2½ feet tall and wide.

'Kansas' Herbaceous peony'Kansas' Herbaceous peony
Huge double blooms of rich carmine red top bold stems; the blooms, which start appearing in mid- to late spring, are striking in bouquets (try them with clusters of blue-flowered forget-me-nots). The plant grows 1
½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

'Karl Rosenfield' Herbaceous peony'Karl Rosenfield' Herbaceous peony
Ruffled, red double blooms look like fluffy petticoats in full swing. You'll want to really show them off. Plants bloom in mid- to late spring and grow 1
½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

'Kopper Kettle' Itoh hybrid peony'Kopper Kettle' Itoh hybrid peony
Copper orange semidouble blooms occasionally streaked with yellow are head-turners, especially as they open to reveal deep copper centers.
Surround 'Kopper Kettle' with sky blue forget-me-nots for a refreshing warm-cool contrast, or grow it in a cluster of three with a Tuscan terra-cotta olive jar as an accent.
The vigorous plant blooms in late spring and grows about 2½ feet tall and 3½ feet wide.

'Lady Orchid' Herbaceous peony'Lady Orchid' Herbaceous peony
Soft lavender-pink double flowers are lightly fragrant; they bloom in mid- to late-spring on plants 2
½ feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. Surround them with sky blue forget-me-nots for a fresh spring look.

'Madame Emile Debatene' Herbaceous peony'Madame Emile Debatene' Herbaceous peony
Tufted pink centers crown these double flowers, great for cutting. The plant blooms in mid- to late spring and grows to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

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'Raspberry Sundae' Herbaceous peony'Raspberry Sundae' Herbaceous peony
Luscious pink double flowers with cream tones really do look like their namesake; play up their ice cream colors by surrounding them with companions such as Nemesia caerulea 'Compact Innocence' (white flowers) or 'Compact Pink'. '
'Raspberry Sundae' blooms in midspring and grows to 2
½ feet tall and wide.

'Pink Double Dandy' Itoh hybrid peony'Pink Double Dandy' Itoh hybrid peony
The lavender-pink semidouble blooms of this new-to-market hybrid are nothing to sneeze at: They measure up to 6 inches across atop strong stems.
As they mature, the petals slowly fade to soft pink. The compact, mounding plant grows 2 to 2½ feet tall and wide.

'Sea Shell' Herbaceous peony'Sea Shell' Herbaceous peony
Shell pink blossoms with large orange centers are very fragrant. And the graceful plant rarely needs staking―it's a good choice for beds and borders.
Bloom time is mid-spring; the plant grows 2
½ to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

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