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Introducing a New Twist on a Class: The Itoh Peony
The Itoh Peony is a new twist on an old fashion perennial favorite from the Victorian era.
Itoh Peonies are known as an ‘intersectional Peony,’ a cross between a tree Peony and an herbaceous Peony. It produces brightly colored single and semi-double ‘upward’ flowers. The Itoh can provide a second set of blooms once the first blooms have faded.
With somewhat dome-shaped, compact plants, their foliage is disease resistant, dark green, and lacey. Also, the foliage is lovely in cutting arrangements as well as their beautiful flowers).
Here are the four kinds growing on the nursery:
A vigorous variety with large, double flowers with a slight hint of red in the center and a spicy scent.
Cora Louise Peony
A vigorous variety with large, semi-double white blooms with deep pink centers. The flowers are held on sturdy stems that do not need staking and are backed by lush foliage that is attractive through fall. Also, perfect to add to beds and borders.
Canary Brilliants Peony
A vigorous variety with large, creamy yellow, double blooms with rose centers, and a light fragrance.
Pink Ardour Peony
A variety of large, hot pink blooms with a yellow interior. Add it to perennial beds and mixed shrub borders.
First Arrival Peony
Large semi-double to double flowers are held on sturdy stems and change colors from lavender-pink with a darker pink interior to soft light pink. It is easy to grow in sunny sites, and the foliage stays attractive till frost.
This 21st-century Peony is certainly the perfect choice for a great perennial in the landscape.
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