I bought my Coral Sunset Peony in 2009, and this is the first year it’s bloomed for me. Until this year (2012) I enjoyed the lush, glossy green foliage it produces, but now I can swoon over the delectable, uniquely coloured, enormous blossoms.
Peonies are one of my favourite plants because of the amazing beauty of their flowers, their lush, glossy foliage (which often colours beautifully in the fall) and the sheer diversity of peonies on the whole. There are so many peonies you could spend a lifetime immersed in growing and studying them, and there are those who do!
I’m not that focussed, but I have a reasonable collection of peonies, mostly because they are deer resistant! There are several in my front garden and I’ve yet to lose even a leaflet to the marauding venison. I did have a customer come into the garden centre last year and tell me that deer nipped all the buds from her peonies, but they haven’t touched mine yet.
The thing with peonies is that they don’t fit well into our modern credo of instant gratification. With peonies what you need is PATIENCE! When you buy a peony you are investing in the future, you might have to wait a few years to get that big lush plant and copious blooms, but the wait is truly worth it, trust me! If you want instant – go buy a geranium.
Hybridized in 1965 by Wissing, Coral Sunset is a highly rated, multi-award winning cultivar, achieving the American Peony Society Gold Medal in 2003 and an Award of Landscape Merit in 2009.
My Coral Sunset Peony is now rewarding my patience with a generous display of flowers, and they are a mouth-watering shade of coral when they first open, fading through soft peach on their way to a creamy butter-yellow hue. They are lightly fragrant, as I’d read, but I find they have that particularly peony-like pungency that doesn’t exactly register as pleasant to me. That I can easily forgive, after all, I needn’t bury my nose inside the bloom to appreciate its beauty.