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Three favorite double Peonies: One each of pink Sarah Bernhardt, red Karl Rosenfield and white Shirley Temple. Plant together for an amazing display. (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 32-38" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 3 - Root Size: 2-3 eyes
SKU 9FCOL3

Plant Information

This Collection gives you the three classics: Double Red, Double Pink and Double White. You get 1 each of all three favorites: Pink Sarah Bernhardt, red Karl Rosenfield, and white Shirley Temple.

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
9COLG
9COL3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
9FCOL3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Peony
Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Red, White
Mature Height 32-38" 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 Fall
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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American MeadowsPeony Cotton Candy Mix
 
3.8

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93%

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For Peony Lovers

I bought my peonies two years ago. I followed the planting instructions to the letter. All went well. My peonies gave many lovely and fragrant blooms. They are simply elegant and wonderful. ...Read complete review

I bought my peonies two years ago. I followed the planting instructions to the letter. All went well. My peonies gave many lovely and fragrant blooms. They are simply elegant and wonderful. I came back and bought the Peony Sorbet. I look forward to seeing this wonderful peony breed grow.

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2 of 3 doing well; no blooms yet

One of them came with a bud already started but the plant never seemed healthy. It looks poorly now but I will give it another spring to see if it can recover. I am...Read complete review

One of them came with a bud already started but the plant never seemed healthy. It looks poorly now but I will give it another spring to see if it can recover. I am looking forward to the other two blooming.

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1.0

Very Disappointed - None Survived

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from Houston Tx

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Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Did Not Produce

Best Uses

  • Outdoors
  • Patio

Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

Very disappointed... most did not grow. Those that grew did were small and then died.

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1.0

We planted the day they arrived, and nothing ever grew.

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from Charlotte, NC

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Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

We planted as directed, and nothing ever grew. Peonies are one of my absolute favorite flowers, and I was completely disappointed when nothing grew~!

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4.0

house warming gift

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from Long Grove, IA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

    I had these delivered o a friends new home. She loves peonies, they remind her of her Grandma. She was delighted. They have survived a harsh summer in the NW. No flowers. She plans to move them to a better location and believes they will bloom next spring.

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    5.0

    Heavenly fragrance and lovely color

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    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

      I bought three bags of peonies that were shipped in fall 2014. All but one bloomed this spring and that's because one of my goats bit off the bud! Luckily for me the plant recovered so I look forward to more blooms next year. My daughter helped plant some of the peonies under her bedroom window and she liked checking on them every day as the leaves unfurled. They grow quickly which is great for a child because there's some change to see every day.

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      3.0

      Ok

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      from Greer, sc

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      Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

      Not all grew

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      5.0

      Peony Cotton Candy Mix a Hit!

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      from Westland, MI

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      Pros

      • Study New Growth

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Butterfly garden

      Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

      I am very pleased with the way all three of the peonies came up in my garden. I can't wait until next year to see them in bloom!

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      3.0

      It is my first year for these Peonies

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      from cincinnati, ohio

      Pros

        Cons

        • No blooms

        Best Uses

        • Hedge

        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

        The first year I didnt expect anything, I got the bush to bush to grow , no blooms. I am given to understand that they bloom more each year.

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        3.0

        2 of 3 doing well; no blooms yet

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        from Birmingham, AL

        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

        One of them came with a bud already started but the plant never seemed healthy. It looks poorly now but I will give it another spring to see if it can recover. I am looking forward to the other two blooming.

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        • No
         
        4.0

        I would buy from AM again.

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        from Eden Prairie, MN

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        Pros

        • First Year Blooms

        Cons

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            Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

            The tubors arrived nicely packaged. I planted them last fall and just got my first blooms this week. The plants are young and only had one or two stems from each tubor this year, but I expect more in the future.

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            5.0

            beautiful and brilliant flowers

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            from Hillsboro, Oregon

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            Pros

            • Great product

            Cons

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                Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                great product--brilliant colors--no complaints

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                4.0

                Grew so fast!

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                from ohio

                Pros

                • Easy to plant
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                    I was surprised at how well these grew in the first season. I can hardly wait until next spring!

                     
                    5.0

                    peony heaven!!

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                    from st louis

                    Pros

                    • Good quality fast delive

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                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                        great service, fast delivery.

                         
                        3.0

                        Promising but have to wait until next se

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                        from Hartford CT

                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                        They grew despite being planted late. Needs a season or even two before I expect to see any flowering.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Grew so quickly!

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                        from Henderson, NV

                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                        I loved the idea of these and bought special pots for them of a large size. Unfortunately, after a great start in growing, the jackrabbits decided to have salad. I managed to save one and look forward to next spring for blooms.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        WOW ! UNBELIVABLE!

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                        from Woodcrest Ca (between L.A & Palm Springs

                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                        I am in So Cal and always heard that it is hard to grow peonies . I ordered these on July 5th , planted them in pots on July 11 and I already have a bud. Am sure the flower will be small but was not expecting this to happen the first season.
                        I don't know which one it is yet if it is the Karl, Shirly or Sarah, but will post after it blooms
                        I do water twiwe a day since it has been really HOT

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        For Peony Lovers

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                        from jersey city, new jersey

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                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Cotton Candy Mix:

                        I bought my peonies two years ago. I followed the planting instructions to the letter. All went well. My peonies gave many lovely and fragrant blooms. They are simply elegant and wonderful. I came back and bought the Peony Sorbet. I look forward to seeing this wonderful peony breed grow.

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