Hey guys! thought I may wanna share with you this beautiful pink peony that’s delighted my garden for some years now. It’s called “the Sarah Bernhardt Peony.” Named after the French stage and early film actress, this award-winning, double blooming, largely clustered and extremely fragrant peony is one of the most famous and commercially-used peony nowadays. It has a nice carnation-pink color with a sweet floral fragrant that will command attention everytime you walk around your garden.
As a plant, it has a mound shape that can grow up to 2 ft. and 6 inches with dark green foliage. It can grow in zones 2-8 and requires full sun. Though mine has been surviving with some shade, which has probably compromised some of its blooming capacity, but somehow it’s been going strong. This plant requires a good fertile soil, but can also adapt to a slightly loamy soil. It’s very drought tolerant and cold hardy. Even deer resistant or pest resistant. I almost wanna say that it’s also very disease-resistant, but mine suffers from mild mildew at the beginning of the fall when the humidity level goes up. I just spray a good anti-fungal like Honor Guard or Mancozeb every two weeks around late summer and early fall, and that has prevented the problem. Other than that, this plant is almost non-fussy.
As a flower, its blooms are huge, showy, extravagant and resembles an heirloom type. Blooming time is around late spring to early summer. It tends to be long bloomers, though it seems to be shortened when exposed to a full bright sun. It’s a great rose companion and it makes a beautiful cut flower for bouquets and vases.
FYI: Don’tcha know that Peonies can outlive a human’s life expectancy? Yeeeszus, they grow for about a hundred years or more. These plants are here to stay and they’ll even rub elbows with your descendants. Cool, huh? 🙂