We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.
Walter Faxon: Double - Shell-Pink - Midseason. Mildly fragrant. Vivid shell-pink of a luminous intensity unique in peonies,which fades with age. Fairly floriferous; good stems and foliage. A fairly good flower of value for its striking color. When the flowers are allowed to open indoors, the color is often described as the purest pink found among lactiflora peonies. When left on the plant, the flowers are still very attractive, but the bright pink color will not withstand strong sunlight.