We have been gardening up a storm over here this year. Last year we worked on the veggie garden- this year has been that English Cottage cutting garden that has been keeping us busy.
The BIG Reveal of the cutting garden is coming – I promise- but today, I thought I would share a bit more about the peonies that we are planting in the yard this year. We actually have them in 2 separate areas- and already we have seen that one area seems to be doing better than the other- the ones in the area that gets hotter sun and has a picket fence backdrop are doing really well- so something to note.
Which Varieties We Planted
When we bumped into all.those.big.peony plants at Home Depot- we first went off the tags that were on the pots as far as color and details. The first thing I would suggest you do is to google the name of the peony to get a more realistic view of what it looks like. There were some that said ‘Peony in Red’- when they are actually a hot pink.
So which ones did we go with? Here are the main varieties we planted.
Dr. Alexander Fleming
Big and BEAUTIFUL and a beautiful blushing pink color. This was a surprise one- because look at the peony- and look at the tag on it. So this is why I say google the photos if you aren’t familiar.
Bold and beautiful- and not a red which is what the tag said. I am happy about that though- we don’t have any reds in the garden and while I do love burgundy peonies- I would plant them in a separate spot.
Monsieur Jules Ellie
This one is BEYOND beautiful. I am literally obsessed with how full and BIG this peony is. Amazing.
Again- much lighter blush than the tag showed- and I am so happy about that!
Duchesse De Nemours
This is a white peony – and when I googled it showed some that were very full white ruffly peonies. The photos show a white peony with yellow stamens more looking like a tree peony. I was fine with either one- so we brought them home and incidentally have about half and half that are blooming in ruffly whites and in whites with yellow.
We also brought home Coral Charm and Sarah Bernhardt- just a couple of those. They are not blooming yet.
Since we are planning on adding to the cutting garden every spring- and are planting things now that will last through the summer and into fall- I anticipate adding more peonies to this area and would love to know which ones are your favorites and that I should add.
I have to say an unexpected dilemma- I don’t want to cut all the peonies off the plants because I love the garden blooming away too. haha. So, I take a few here and there and bring them inside so I can enjoy both.
Here is a quick REEL I put together on Instagram of a few things blooming in the yard. Stay tuned for some more fun garden videos coming your way. AND the full new garden REVEAL IS COMING.
Happy Wednesday all.