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Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Peony-Garden

Gigantic, double, apple blossom pink flowers are an old fashioned favorite. This variety blooms in early to midsummer. 'Sarah Bernhardt' was selected as the 2004 Dried Cut Flower of the Year by the Assoc. of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

Peonies are classic garden plants that add a bit of nostalgia and charm to the garden. Their fragrant blooms and lush foliage have made them popular for years, and with the recent resurgence in breeding, they will continue to improve. Peonies are simple to grow and can be utilized in many ways, including mass plantings, specimens, or hedges. By choosing a mixture of early, midseason, and late blooming varieties, you can have blooms for up to 6 weeks.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  34 Inches
Spread:
  24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Formal
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

A permanent, sunny or partly shady site is ideal for Garden Peonies. Protection from afternoon sun and from harsh winds will help to prolong the lives of the the exotic flowers. Peonies will perform best in well-drained, evenly moist, rich soil with a pH near neutral and they are drought-tolerant once established.

When planting a Garden Peony, the depth is particularly important. To ensure flowering, the eyes must be planted 1.5 to 2 inches below ground level. An annual topping of compost is recommended each Fall. Though peonies may be slow to establish, you can be assured that they are developing a deep, substantial root system which will help to produce flowers that are well worth the wait. Once established, Peonies can live 50 years or more.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'
Common Name: Catmint
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Digitalis mertonensis
Common Name: Foxglove-Strawberry
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
5,6,7,8,9
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Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'
Common Name: Pinks-Maiden
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly'
Common Name: Delphinium-Dwarf
3,4,5,6,7
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.