Historic Lifetime Peony Collection
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The trick to enjoying the same peonies for a lifetime is to start by planting large,
top-quality root divisions. But finding such quality divisions has become increasingly
difficult. Top varieties are frequently unavailable, and quite often only small field
divisions are offered for sale.Avalanche Peony: This striking beauty, introduced in
1886, has large, waxy double flowers that are bluish
white with a faint pink centre, a pale yellow base and narrow, crimson edges on a
few middle petals. Strong fragrance but not sweet. A compact, generally incurved
flower. Grows 75–90 cm tall.
That's why Breck's® is especially pleased to be able to offer our gardening friends in
Canada this particularly outstanding Historic Lifetime Peony Collection. Our Dutch
experts have arranged with leading peony specialists to obtain three of their finest
peony masterpieces—all ideal for planting in Canadian gardens.
Our historic peonies are the result of years of patient development. The big, healthy,
2–3 eye field divisions are easy to plant and require little care—a gardener's dream!
Even if entirely neglected, your one-time garden investment will reward you with
beautiful, fragrant blooms decade after decade.
In recognition of our 200th anniversary, we at
Breck's® are proud to offer our Historic Lifetime
Peony Collection. These peony cultivars were first
introduced to gardeners throughout the 19th century
and the first half of the 20th century. Interest in peony
breeding was intense during this time, producing a
boom in the number of peonies entering the market.
It's likely your grandparents grew one or more of
these varieties in their own gardens.
The peonies in this collection are a one-time
investment for a lifetime of beauty. In fact, no
other plant gives so much with so little care. We've
combined three of our most distinctive historic
varieties to create this one-of-a-kind collection.
Properly planted, your peonies will bloom faithfully
every spring, even if entirely neglected!
About the time your tulips have finished, big flower
buds will appear and your peonies will begin to
bloom. One soft petal after another slowly breaks
away from the tight, round bud until each massive
bloom is 12–18 cm across and spreading its heavenly
fragrance. Peonies also make delightful cut flowers—
each beautiful bloom almost becomes a bouquet on its
own. You'll love peonies for planting in those special
spots where you want a dramatic floral show. They
are excellent for open spaces among shrubs, at the
edge of woodlands, as a backdrop for lower-growing
flowers or along a foundation or fence. And what
a delight to create a dramatic hedge all spring and
summer along your walks and driveways. Plant your
peonies 60–90 cm apart in full sun or partial shade.
They're not at all fussy about soil!
Each of our Historic Lifetime Peony varieties is
extremely hardy, growing and blooming with no
special attention in zones 3–9. Even harsh winter
weather is no problem. You and your family will
enjoy a lifetime of delightful foliage and fragrant, latespring
to early-summer blooms. And since roots can
be divided again and again, a single planting may even
provide beauty for several generations.
This collection includes one each of the following varieties:
François Ortegat Peony: A breathtaking, deep purple-crimson peony that dates to
1850—a true heirloom! The 15 cm double flowers, often described as semi-roses,
have golden stamens for an extra dash of colour. Softly fragrant, strong stems and
beautiful foliage. Grows 95–100 cm tall.
Rosabella Peony: Also known as the "Farmer's Peony," Rosabella is a historic flower
that has been in cultivation since before 1900. Fragrant double flowers are intensely
pink, and foliage is glossy and deep green throughout the growing season. Grows
60 cm tall.
Light: full sun or partial shade.
Bloom Time: latespring
to early-summer blooms.