Peony 'Gardenia' takes its name from the very fragrant Gardenia flowering shrub. The huge double flowers open from blush pink buds into perfectly shaped, creamy white blooms with a very light blush and yellow stamens. It has beautiful dark green foliage and makes an excellent cut flower.
- Height: 80-91 cm (32-36 in)
- Spread: 60-91 cm (24-36 in)
- Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
- Sun or Shade: full sun to light afternoon shade
- Bloom Colour: creamy white
- Bloom Time: early mid-season
- Flower Form: double
- Leaf Colour: dark green
Growing and Maintenance Tips
A permanent, sunny or partly shaded site is ideal for Peonies as they resent disturbance. They need a minimum of six hours of full sun, but a location with afternoon shade and protection from strong winds will ensure that the blooms last longer. Peonies perform best in well-drained, evenly moist soil with a pH near neutral. They are heavy feeders and enjoy the addition of lots of compost at planting time as well as a regular top dressing of compost in the fall. A layer of mulch will keep the soil from drying out as well as helping to keep the foliage clean. Peonies are drought-tolerant once established.
When planting a Garden Peony, the depth is important. To ensure flowering, the eyes must be planted between 4 to 5 cms below ground level. Newly planted peonies often do not flower the first year because their energy initially goes into developing a deep, substantial root system. Once established, Peonies can live 50 years or more. If it is necessary to divide or move a peony it should be done in the fall.