Herbaceous peonies are a timeless classic perennial plant for the garden. Their flowers can be single, semi-double or fully double and many are beautifully scented. There is a range of colours from deep purple to pure white and they are definitely one of the most showy flowers in the garden with large blooms.
Intersectional peonies (or Itoh peonies) are unusual and relatively rare. They are a cross between a herbaceous peony and a tree peony. Some lightly fragranced, with large (dinner-plate) sized flowers in a diverse range of colours and flowers, from single to double. Intersectional peonies often flower for a slightly longer period than herbaceous peonies.
Peonies are relatively low maintenance – requiring minimal care – and will thrive in any fertile, free-draining soil in a sunny aspect for decades. Peonies have impressive flowers (double, semi-double or single) and with a little planning, can provide flowers from May into July (peonies will flower in either early, mid or late flowering season). When you consider that a vast number of peonies are fragrant too, surely this must make peonies one of the best perennial plants for your garden?