Double the fail proof blooms in a delicate pink!
If a perennial ever said ‘Romance’ it would be the pink blossom of the Peony Sarah Bernhardt! The dusty mid to dark pink double blooms are flecked with deep burgundy accents and held above the plant on strong stems making it perfect for indoor arrangements as well as delightful to look at in the landscape.
The flowers, which are numerous arrive in mid to late season and last for several weeks bringing that gap between spring flowers and summer blooms. The plants grow to almost 3 feet so works well in the middle of borders and making a perfect cover for those dying daffodil leafs in the garden. Even when not in bloom, the neat dark green foliage makes a perfect backdrop for summer alyssum or petunias, or any other low growing edging plants. In shade they brighten up a corner under a tree or behind a hedge.
Peonies can tolerate very cold winters of zone 3 all the way down to zone 8. Plant your Peony Sarah Bernhardt in full sun to part shade, giving more shade in the southern reaches of the growing range. They are generally not bothered by deer or rabbits and once settled in the landscape, they can live for many decades making it a true investment in the garden.
In fall, when the upper growth dies back, trim the growth and discard. That is the total annual maintenance!
If your peony does get too large or you want to give a piece to a neighbor, dig the plant carefully and, using a sharp spade, divide the root into two parts. This is best done in fall. Replant both pieces in the garden. When dividing make sure that each peony root has several little eyes on it that to produce the strong upright stems. Plant this root segment about an inch under the ground in fall and wait for the emergence of the stems in spring.
Peonies make a wonderful, long term perennial for your landscape. They are trouble free and low maintenance and look great in informal cottage garden designs as well as more formal shade landscapes. Strong stems make it perfect for indoor arrangement too which is why peonies like Sarah Bernhardt have been a favorite in gardens for over 100 years.