A stunner with the flowers open well above the foliage on strong stems (not so many side shoots). The fully double blooms are antique white and grow up to 17cm across and open very late season. They have a strong perfume that will have you swooning. Their enduring vase life make them popular with both florists and gardeners.
‘Yang Fei Chu Yu’ - Yang Fei Coming out of the bath/pool. (Yang surname, Fei concubine, Chu to come out, Yu bath or pool). I had seen it translated as ‘fat concubine in the bath’ but this undersells the beauty of the name and the person. A HUGE thank you to our customers who came to our aid.
Yang Fei was a famous concubine of the Tang Dynasty and Peonies were her favourite flower. This was a time when well rounded women were held in high regard. Her beauty was so glorious and incredible that she is often used to describe beautiful things such as this flower. She mesmerised the Emperor of the day and there are still statues of her. Yang Fei has more than one of these special flowers named for her.
Peonies are vigorous, long lasting garden plants with prolific and opulent blooms. Their bushy growth and prolific flowering look wonderful in the garden and they make the most wonderful cut flowers.
Bear in mind, you will have to be patient to enjoy the flowers of Herbaceous Peonies as they need a little time to establish their roots – they have big blooms to fuel. But the wait will be justified for many years to come as they are extremely long lived.
It will take two to three years depending on conditions to get a good display. They might not look like they are doing much above the ground, but under the soil they are working hard. Mature plants can have a rootball that weighs almost 30kg and stretches up to 90cm across – this takes time to develop.
The exotic flowers of Peonies have been cherished since the 5th century. During their long and illustrious history, Peonies have been the flower favoured by Emperors and Gods. Fortunately, they are now accessible to the common gardener.
Peonies are heavy feeders, so you need to fertilise them regularly (Anzac Day and Cup Day are easy ways to remember when). They like lime, and lot’s of it, so be sure to indulge them. Plant your Peonies just beneath the surface with around 2cm of soil covering them. If they are too deep, they won’t flower well for you.
Peonies need cold winters (3-7C nights at least for around six weeks) for best flowers. As a general rule, if apples can grow so can Peonies.
If your climate doesn’t get that cold, but you still want to try your luck, Tree Peonies need a bit less cold so you could give them a try. But if you still can’t resist their charms, to give them the best chance in warmer climates you should seek out a cool spot, with shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Ideally you should mulch well (but not too close to the tuber it needs to remain shallow). They need a winter rest, so if they aren’t naturally going dormant, you can force them into it by cutting them back hard in early winter. Freeze an ice cream tub of water and put it on their roots overnight in July to give them a bit of a chill – don’t let this allow them to become waterlogged though. All these things will give you the best chance.
Why so expensive? They are difficult to propagate and take years to establish. They are also slow growing, so need a time, some up to half a decade of love and devotion from our farmer before they are ready for your garden. The newer varieties are generally imported so in the first few years of growth incur extra costs.
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