Paeonia (Peony)

Add elegance to any garden with this classic perennial

Paeonia (peony) is a perennial that can live for a hundred years or more. It’s common for peony plants to be handed down generation after generation. Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. These perennials are known for their giant blooms and a fragrance that is often compared to roses.

Peony plants come in a variety of colors from pure white to deep red and all shades of rose and pink. Many peony plants have an outer ring of flower petals in a deep pink while the center is a paler pink or white. It is almost impossible to pick just one favorite.

The peony plant itself is very hardy and strong. The long stems hold the flowers above the plant for a beautiful display of blooms. In addition, peony plants have almost no enemies. Their phenol content makes them unappetizing to both insects and four-legged predators like rabbits and deer. It’s no surprise that your peony plant that you purchase will probably still be blooming a hundred years from now.

In addition to their vibrant color in your garden, our peonies for sale are great cut flowers and last a very long time in the vase. Some varieties of peony will develop side shoots that will also bloom, extending the flowering season. If you allow the side blooms to develop, the flowers will be slightly smaller. If you remove the side blooms, all the plant's energy will go to the primary flower, and it will be a larger, prize-winning size.

Here at Jackson & Perkins, tubers of our top quality — like our peony plants for sale — will have a minimum of three eyes. It may take a year or two before they bloom, but it is worth the wait. Order your peonies online and they will be shipped in the fall, which is the optimum time for planting peonies.