As the name implies, Gardenia peony has a flower form reminiscent of a gardenia. Double flowers open from soft pink buds into large 8-10 in. beautifully-shaped, creamy white blossoms with a very light blush and golden stamen. Exhibition-quality blooms are borne in profusion on strong stems. Huge 3-6 eye root divisions.
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Flower Color: Blush/Creamy white
Foliage Type: Shiny, green, pinnately compound, smooth leaf margins, strongly veined
Bloom time: May-June
Height: 18-30 inches
Spread: 36 inches
Light requirements: Full sun
Plant depth: Cover eyes with 1-2 inches of soil, depending on zone and climate
See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
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Many growers plant peonies in the Fall; however, if planted early enough in late winter and early Spring, peonies will thrive just as well. Most peonies will take 2 years to show blooms - but trust us, it is well worth the wait! Peonies are great centerpieces and excellent as cut flowers. Most peonies have a wonderful fragrance!
Choose a sun-filled location for planting the peonies, which require at least eight hours of sunlight a day for optimum growth. Peony plants relish slightly acidic soils (pH 6.5 to 7.0) with good drainage. Plants are long-lived, do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years. They need a cold winter dormant season.
Dig planting holes that are about an inch deep if you live in warmer southern regions. Dig the hole 2 inches deep if you live in cooler northern regions. Space each hole approximately 3 feet apart, depending on the variety of peony you are planting. Plant the peony tuber into the planting hole so it sits no deeper than 1 to 2 inches below the surface. Cover the tuber with soil, then water each of the tubers thoroughly.