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Peony Laura Dessert

The fluffy, lemon-yellow center petals emerge from a base of snow-white petals like lemon sherbet on a plate. A magnificent hybrid. (Paeonia lactiflora)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 32-34" tall, 24-36" wide
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Mid to late spring
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 261PER
Common Name Peony
Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Estimated Mature Height 32-34" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Depth Plant the roots 1" to 2" below soil level with the eyes (buds) pointing up.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Laura Dessert is a magnificent example of what is called a Bomb Peony. That's the name given to the ones with large flat back-petals and an explosion of double petals in the center. Laura's fluffy center seems to sit on the base petals like lemon sherbet on a plate.

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.

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Peony "Laura Dessert" is fantastic!

By Ray

from Blue Ridge, GA

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Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Cut Flowers

    Comments about American Meadows Peony Laura Dessert - Root:

    I've grown lots of Peonies, but hadn't seen "Laura Dessert" before. What's more, I now live in the No. Georgia mountains, where peonies may be marginal. But I tried it anyway, and the bloom my first spring after planting was fantastic. This peony is not only a beauty, but a strong grower. Thanks!

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    Healthy, Hardy and Happy

    By Brad B.

    from Brentwood, TN

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Peony Laura Dessert - Root:

      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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      Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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        All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

        Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

      • Garden Gloves

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