Scarlet Heaven
Peony 'Scarlet Heaven' photo by Suzanne Patry
Peony 'Scarlet Heaven' photo by Suzanne Patry

Peony 'Scarlet Heaven' has deep scarlet petals and golden-yellow anthers. Itoh peonies originated by crossing herbaceous and tree peonies. The have the best of both parents including lush foliage and strong, non flopping stems. Once established they bloom weeks longer than either parent, producing more than 50 blooms per plant.

  • Height: 65-75 cm (25-29 in)
  • Spread: 75-90 cm (29-35 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Bloom Colour: dark scarlet with golden-yellow anthers
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Flower Form: single
  • Leaf Colour: dark green

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Scarlet Heaven' 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.