For my money (at least in my zone) peonies are the Number One perennial for showiness. I love the way they look as a plant, the way they look as individual flowers, the way look as cut flowers, and the way they smell.
Below is my very favourite of all the peonies, the 'Bowl of Beauty'.
I bought a lovely new perennial book on the weekend, Lois Hole's 'Perennial Favourites'. In the book, she tells at what stage to cut the flowers and also how to dry them. She has a lovely photo in the book of dried peonies. I had no idea you could dry them. I'm experimenting with that now. I'll post photos later, if I'm able to accomplish it!
Happy Gardening, everyone.
|Paeonia 'Bowl of Beauty' Peony|
|Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peony|