Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'
Description: Paeony are classic flowering perennials. This old favourite has been popular since the Edwardian era. Enormous, rose- pink, fragrant, double flowers are produced in May -June.
Deeply cut leaves are bronze in spring and mid green throughout summer. An excellent strong growing plant suitable for any herbaceous border, mixed planting area or for mass planting in dedicated paeony beds.
Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: 90cm x 90cm
Soil Requirements: Fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained soi. Drought tolerant when established.
Pruning: Remove flower stems after flowering.
Special Requirements: Add plenty of organic matter when planting. Paeony take time to establish and resent being moved.
As the flowers are so large and heavy then using some form of herbaceous supporting framework in spring helps avoid stems collapsing.
Originating in Siberia and northern China, paeony are very hardy. Raised by Lemoine in 1906.