First Arrival
Peony 'First Arrival' photo courtsey Valleybrook Gardens
Peony 'First Arrival' photo courtsey Valleybrook Gardens

Peony 'First Arrival' is one of the first Itoh Peonies to bloom. The lavender pink semi-double blooms are stained a cranberry purple at the base of each petal and surround brilliant golden centers. The blooms are sweetly fragrant with dark green foliage. Because of the many side buds this peony has a long bloom time.

  • Height: 60-70 cm (23-27 in)
  • Spread: 75-90 cm (29-35 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Bloom Colour: lavender-pink petals, yellow stamens
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Flower Form: large semi-double
  • Leaf Colour: dark green

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'First Arrival' is an intersectional hybrid also known as an Itoh Peony. It should be planted with the eyes 3.5 to 5 cms below ground level. If the eyes have begun to grow they may stick up above the ground. All peonies are heavy feeders and grow best in rich, well drained soil that has been amended with compost. An annual top dressing of compost will help to keep them blooming well. A location in full sun to afternoon shade is ideal. Too much shade will make the plants lanky and bloom production will be affected. While the stems are woody this peony does die almost to the ground in the fall. When winters are mild buds may sprout part way up the stems so we recommend cutting the plants back in the spring after the new growth has started. Unlike tree peonies there is no graft so this plant can be divided after a few years although we recomend leaving the plant to increase into an impressive clump.