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This Peony is famous for its huge, hot-pink outer petals and contrasting frilly-yellow centers. One of the most strikingly beautiful peonies. (Paeonia lactiflora)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 24-28" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 1 - Root Size: 2-3 eyes
SKU 118PER

Plant Information

Peony Bowl of Beauty is a single-petaled peony one of the very best of this dramatic type. Bowl of Beauty is famous for its huge, wide outer petals of hot pink, and dramatically contrasting frilly yellow centers. The foliage stays glossy and green all summer long, and attract almost no pests. They are deer resistant, fragrant and great for cut flower arrangements. It ships as a bareroot, the roots look like a bunch of carrots, thick long tapering tuber-like masses that increase every year. Feed them, water them, and the clumps will expand rapidly, and more and more blooms will result.

Growing Peonies: If you live where peonies grow, its the same every year in late spring. Certain homes have them in beds, borders, along drives--and anywhere they grow, they create probably the most beautiful clump of flowering of the whole season. Big, usually fluffy flowers in glossy green foliage.

Perennial peonies are what experienced gardeners call investment plants. They're some of the most permanent landscaping you can buy. In fact, many continue blooming beautifully for over 100 years. Once they're established, they're as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year.

Planting Peonies Adding peonies to your garden is not difficult. All you need is full sun and good soil. (In even partial shade, the bloom will be scant or non-existent--keep them out in the sun!) As most gardeners know, the roots look like a bunch of carrots--thick long tapering tuber-like masses that increase every year. Feed them, water them, and the clumps will expand rapidly, and more and more blooms will result.

Types of peonies: The standard perennial peony species is Paeonia lactiflora but within the species, there are thousands of hybrids old and new. And there are several flower types:
Single Peonies are the huge, wide-open ones with just one row of overlapping petals. Like huge poppies, they create dinnerplate-size beauty that's really unmatched in the garden. The singles are less frequently seen in American gardens because of our passion for petals-people just prefer the doubles. One of the most famous singles is the breathtaking Krinkled White, an old classic and still a big favorite.
Japanese Peonies, not to be confused with Tree Peonies which often come from Japan, is a flower form somewhat similar to the singles, but with a more elaborate center. A great example is the big favorite, stunning Bowl of Beauty, with glistening cherry red petals petals plus fluffy yellow center, creating spectacular color contrast.
Semi-double Peonies are just that. They have the basic bottom row of large petals seen on the singles (often called the guard petals), but on top, there are more shorter petals, developing from the center. A great example is the beautiful red Edulis Superba.
Bomb Peonies are the ones with the guard petals flat and large, with a pile of petaling sitting upon them-sort of like a fluffly snowball sitting on a plate. Some of the most-loved and dramatic peonies are bombs including the magnificent Laura Dessert and the dramatic Raspberry Sundae As these two illustrate, there are bombs of various shapes and sizes. With Raspberry Sundae, the large bomb not only adds size and height, it gives the overall bloom a stunning palette of three colors-white guard petals, a collar of yellow, and then pastel pink making up the center. In Laura Dessert, the coloring is all white, with a hint of lemon yellow in the bomb.
Double Peonies are probably the most popular, and the most widely planted. Excellent examples are the famous Victorian introduction, Festiva Maxima with its snowy white flowers with red flecks, and Sarah Bernhardt, the all-time popular double pink with huge flowers and great fragrance. Other popular doubles are the red Karl Rosenfield and white Shirley Temple.

There's really no end to a gardeners pleasure with peonies. They're all good for cutting. The foliage stays glossy and green all summer long, and they attract almost no pests. (Don't confuse the standard perennial peony with the Tree Peony, a separate group. Tree Peonies are more shrub like, and don't die down completely each winter.)

Staking: This is important, since once a peony is established, the heavy flowers are often too heavy for its stems. You don't have to stake them, but if you don't, you're going to have big beautiful flowers nodding down in the mud. So once you have a healthy clump, use peony rings to keep them upright. The rings are simply wheel-like wire arrangements that stand up over the peony like a little wire table as the plant sprouts in the spring. With upright supports, the peony ring is placed so the shoots will grow up through the round wire bale. Of course, the foliage quickly hides the ring, and you have a beautifully-supported clump well before the flowers open. Where to find Peony Rings? GardenersSupply.com has great ones which I've used, and I recommend them.

Associated SKUs
118PERG
118FPER (Bag of 1) - Out of stock.
118PER (Bag of 1)
Common Name Peony
Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 24-28" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Plant the roots 1" to 2" below soil level with the eyes (buds) pointing up.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Fragrant, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Planting Peonies

Adding peonies to your garden is easy. Plant in full sun in most regions. In colder regions, planting peonies in shade will result in weak stems and less flowers. In warmer regions or where spring is hot and dry, choose a site with afternoon shade. Plant in average or well-draining loamy soil. Peonies prefer soil that provide moisture, but isn’t water logged. Add compost if needed before planting.

Planting Steps for Herbaceous and Intersectional (Itoh) Peonies

  1. Choose a site with well-drained soil away from any competing roots. Peonies thrive if left to grow undisturbed in the same location for years.
  2. Dig a hole 12" wide and the length of the roots. This is the time to add any compost in the bottom of the hole. Plant the roots 1" to 2" below the soil level with the eyes (buds) pointing up. If you are planting more than one, plant 2-3 feet apart to allow enough space. If planted to deep, the peony will lack blossoms. Visit our planting guide for a detailed description
  3. Slowly back-fill around the roots, not allowing any air pockets, adding pressure to compact the soil.
  4. Once planted, gently water around the plant. Add a light mulch or chopped leaves to reduce weeds and to regulate soil temperature and moisture. Water every day for 5 days in the morning or evening, unless it rains or there is lots of moisture. Be sure not to over water, as the roots will rot.

Planting Tree Peonies

Planting tree peonies is different than herbaceous and intersectional itoh peonies.

  1. Choose a site with well-drained soil away from any competing roots. Tree peonies thrive if left to grow undisturbed in the same location for years.
  2. Dig a hole the length of the roots roughly 2 feet deep and dig it wide enough to accommodate the roots with some room to grow, roughly 1 foot wide. This is the time to add any compost in the bottom of the hole. If you are planting more than one, plant 2-3 feet apart to allow enough space.
  3. Slowly back-fill around the roots, not allowing any air pockets, adding pressure to compact the soil.
  4. Once planted, gently water around the plant. Water when needed, the best practice is when the soil has dried out and or it hasn't rained. Tree peonies need water to generate root growth, but if over watered, they will rot.

Aftercare

The first year of growing peonies, expect the roots to products 2-5 leave shoots and 1-2 flowers. Year two brings a plant double the size and double the blossoms. By the fourth or fifth year peonies will be full and bushy, with lots of foliage and blossoms.

Staking

Itoh and tree peonies don't require staking, but most herbaceous peony once established, produce heavy flowers that often are too heavy for its stems. You don't have to stake them, but if you don't, you're going to have big beautiful flowers nodding down. So once you have a healthy clump, use peony rings to keep them upright. The rings are simply wheel-like wire arrangements that stand up over the peony like a little wire table as the plant sprouts in the spring. With upright supports, the peony ring is placed so the shoots will grow up through the round wire bale. Of course, the foliage quickly hides the ring, and you have a beautifully-supported clump well before the flowers open. Where to find Peony Rings? We recommend Gardeners Supply.

Pruning/Trimming

For herbaceous and (itoh) intersectional peonies after blooms have passed, clip expired blooms down to the where the foliage meets the stem. Leave the foliage for the remainder of the growing season. As fall arrive and temperatures cool, the leaves will turn yellow and then wilt. For herbaceous peonies trim back all foliage to about 3" from the ground. This keeps the plant tidy and allows new growth to come up without damaging it. In the fall itoh peonies need to be treated similar to herbaceous and tree peonies since they are a hybrid of both. Once the plant has matured its best to trim back so that the herbaceous portion of the stem is removed and the hard wood portion remains. Its best to leave the peonies alone in there first year of growing so that you tell the difference between the herbaceous green stem from the hard wood portion as the leaves die back. Usually mature itoh peonies will leave 4-5 inches of hard wood above ground.

Tree peonies require different trimming techniques. Cut the stem just below the expired blooms. If you trim the stem to far, it will hinder next year's growth. This years green shoots will become next years woody branch. So in the fall, do not trim back or cut to the ground, leave the shrub as is. If you have a mature tree peony and it needs shaping, the best time to prune, is right after it blooms. Make sure to not take to much off the tree as it can really hurt the shrub.

Fertilizer

Peonies don’t need to be fertilized every year. Its best to plant them with plenty of nutrients. Apply bonemeal, compost or well-rotted manure in early summer, after peonies have bloomed every couple of years.

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3.5

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  • Hardy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Attractive (3)

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Beautiful Blooms

I planted the plants 2 years ago. They started off small and then every year that passed by, they would grow in size and now the plants are huge. The blooms are amazing...Read complete review

I planted the plants 2 years ago. They started off small and then every year that passed by, they would grow in size and now the plants are huge. The blooms are amazing and they bring so much attraction to the house. Great use of money.

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not informed

plant bearly grew then died. I called rep about it and was informed I lived in the wrong growing area for this plant, I was never warned or informed about this by the website...Read complete review

plant bearly grew then died. I called rep about it and was informed I lived in the wrong growing area for this plant, I was never warned or informed about this by the website or anyone when ordering. Person I spoke with was nice but not eager to refund money I had spent on plant.

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1.0

Didn't flower very small.

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from Raleigh, nc

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    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

    I ordered 4 peonies. Only 3 sprouted. All are small and didn't bloom. They should have been mailed to me last fall when I ordered them, the correct time to plant. Instead they came in speing

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    5.0

    Beautiful Blooms

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    from Poconos, PA

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

    • Heavy Blooms

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    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

    I planted the plants 2 years ago. They started off small and then every year that passed by, they would grow in size and now the plants are huge. The blooms are amazing and they bring so much attraction to the house. Great use of money.

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    1.0

    Disppointment

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    from Ogden, Utah

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      • Didn't Grow

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        Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

        So disappointed in my peony. I love them but these didn't even get a start on them. They shriveled up and died.
        I bought these same plants for my mom and hers did beautifully.

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        4.0

        Hearty Peony

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        from Ogden, Utah

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        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

          The plant is coming up hearty but there are no blooms yet.

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          3.0

          Arrived as Expected

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          from Lancaster, Pa.

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              Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

              Recently planted, they will establish themselves this summer and hopefully bloom late spring next year. I awarded 3 stars because I have no idea what I'll think when they bloom in the future.

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              4.0

              Plants were healthy.

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              from Wooster, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Healthy plants

              Cons

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                • Large Areas
                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                I ordered two of these and the plants arrived quickly and were in excellent condition. The packing was done so very well. I won't know about the blooms until Spring of 2015 so I am unable to rate blooms at this time.

                 
                5.0

                The Perfect Gift

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                from Panama City, FL

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                    • Cut Flowers

                    Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                    The beautiful Bowl of Beauty Peony arrived in very healthy condition. American Meadows has such great prices on their products and their shipping. I now regularly buy their plants, rhizomes, tubers and bulbs as gifts for my friends and for myself. It's so much easier than driving around to all the different nurseries and garden departments.

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                    1.0

                    not informed

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                    from central Fl

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                      • Slow Growth

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                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                        plant bearly grew then died. I called rep about it and was informed I lived in the wrong growing area for this plant, I was never warned or informed about this by the website or anyone when ordering. Person I spoke with was nice but not eager to refund money I had spent on plant.

                         
                        4.0

                        Good Start

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                        from Windham, NH

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                        Pros

                        • Green
                        • Healthy
                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

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                            Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                            They didn't bloom this year but they have a lot of healthy green leaves and have stayed steady all summer. Should have some good blooms next year!

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            beautiful

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                            from Corvallis Oregon

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                            Pros

                            • Fragrant
                            • Large Bulb Size
                            • Long Bloom Time
                            • Low Maintenance

                            Cons

                            • Requires Gardening Experience
                            • Slow Growth

                            Best Uses

                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Large Areas
                            • Raised Beds

                            Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                            The leaves have stayed healthy and green in its first year in my garden. The plant arrived healthy and is still good. I consider that a success!

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                            5.0

                            Bowl of Beauty Peony

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                            from Colfax, CA

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                            • Versatile

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                              • Garden
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                              • Patio
                              • Pool Area

                              Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                              [...] ready to plant.

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                              5.0

                              Healthy, Hardy and Happy

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                              from Brentwood, TN

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                                • Lawn
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                                Comments about American Meadows Peony Bowl of Beauty:

                                I ordered peonies from several vendors to create a long row of peonies along a fence. The plants I received from American Meadows were the healthiest and most vigorous of all. The large roots with multiple "eyes" really helped them get off to a great start.

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