6 top tree peonies
Vigorous once established, this cultivar has pretty flowers in lemon-yellow with hints of apricot. Because the blooms are smaller than those of many other tree peonies, they are more resistant to the weather. Flowers: May-Jun. HxS: 4x3ft (1.2mx90cm).
Flight of Cranes (‘Renkaku’)
Pure white, feather-like petals have delicately cut edges, giving the flowers a floaty, ethereal quality. A subtle blush of pink surrounds the central stamens. However, blooms can have a tendency to droop. Flowers: Apr. HxS: 4x3ft (1.2mx90cm).
‘High Noon’ AGM
Said to be one of the easiest tree peonies to grow, with buttery-yellow flowers that have pale-red blotches at the base of each petal, plus a strong lemony fragrance. Plants are compact enough for container growing. Flowers: May. H&S: 5ft (1.5m).
A beautiful species tree peony. The golden central stamens are surrounded by large crumpled petals (in creamywhite or pale flesh-pink with deep-red flashes), forming huge, bowl-shaped blooms. Attractive foliage, too. Flowers: Apr-May. H&S: 6½ft (2m).
Stunning pink flowers have a hint of lavender-blue and a delicate palemagenta stripe running through the centre of each petal. Individual petals curve beautifully to create a gobletshaped bloom. Flowers: Apr-May. HxS: 4x3ft (1.2mx90cm).
The single flowers of this superlative species tree peony are generally garnet-red (although the colour can vary) and nestle among the branches and lush green foliage like sparkling jewels. A little taller than the Japanese hybrids. HxS: 6½x5ft (2x1.5m).