Early Scout

Availability available spring 2019-limited

 Peony 'Early Scout' photo Suzanne Patry
Peony 'Early Scout' photo Suzanne Patry

Peony 'Early Scout' is a very early, brilliant single red flower with fine cut leaf foliage inherited from its Fern Leaf peony parent (tenufolia). However the foliage on 'Early Scout' holds up much better in the garden. It is a very compact plant with small flowers in perfect proportion to the foliage making it an excellent choice or smaller spaces. 

  • Height: 60-65 cm (24-26 in)
  • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-8
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial sun
  • Bloom Colour: red
  • Bloom Time: May
  • Flower Form: single
  • Leaf Colour: 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.