Availability available mid May

Peony 'Gardenia' photo courtesy of Whitehouse Nursery and Display Gardens

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.