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Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden (Hardcover)

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"Peonies are stunningly beautiful, easy to grow, relatively carefree, and adaptable to any garden style. They are a favorite flower everywhere they can be grown" The Midwest has one of the best climates in the world for peonies. While gardeners fuss with roses that get blackspot and Japanese beetles, or those with forgettable little blooms and no fragrance ("Knockout"), peonies, which star in all of those amazing Japanese style gardens, have been neglected in our country. Don't just keep passing along cuttings from your grandparents' garden peonies, either. There are now over 4,000 named varieties, with stronger stems that don't flop, blooms (if you have several different kinds) that can carry you from April through June, and bold colors. And unlike many Dutch bulbs, peonies retain a pleasing shrubby appearance until they disappear at frost (or lose their leaves if they are a tree form). The authors --a curator at Matthaei's world famous peony garden, and a long-time peony grower--pick the 200 most garden worthy peonies. Get this book now and make some plans for spring.


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"A luscious and colorful immersion into the world of the peony." --Petal Talk

The bold blooms, pretty colors, and heady fragrances of peonies make them one of the most popular flowers, both in gardens and floral arrangements. Peony--by leading experts David Michener and Carol Adelman--makes it easier than ever to grow them home. This lush book shares the history of the plant, explores the different types available, and includes complete growing information for 194 of the best varieties. Helpful lists detail the best peonies for specific needs.

About the Author

David C. Michener is an associate curator at the University of Michigan, including the Peony Garden at the Nichols Arboretum, where he oversees the rejuvenation of the largest public collection of historic herbaceous peonies in North America. Carol A. Adelman is the founder of Peony Paradise-Adelman Peony Gardens near Salem, Oregon. She and her husband grow 484 varieties of peonies. Carol is on the board of directors for the American Peony Society, is the president of the Pacific North West Peony Society, and is the charter organizer of the Salem Hardy Plant Society.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604695205
ISBN-10: 160469520X
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
Publication Date: December 27th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English