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As the season transitions from
spring into summer, Greenwood’s peonies begin to open, providing an
intriguing and delightful variety of colors and forms. Our collection
includes the herbaceous and Itoh types of these hardy, beloved
Herbaceous peonies are one of the longest lived, most popular and
easily grown perennials—and have been known to live for more than a
century. It is not uncommon to find a beautiful peony flowering in an
overgrown field where a homestead once stood on one of our country’s
The Itoh group are the most recently hybridized type of peony and
feature exotic looking blooms that often change color as they age,
resulting in a colorful spectacle against a backdrop of lush, green
foliage. This group was named for the Japanese peony specialist,
Toichi Itoh, who introduced the first known successful cultivar
produced by crossing the woody stemmed tree peonies with common
herbaceous types. Itoh peonies retain the herbaceous parent
characteristics in that they produce new stems every spring and
summer, die back to the ground in late fall, and re-emerge again to
produce a new display the following year.
Greenwood’s peonies begin flowering in late May and include a
marvelous sampling of both single and double flowering types:
One of the Itoh group, ‘Hillary’
grows at the edge of the Main Lawn with flowers that are a blend of
rich pink and pale yellow.
With a center of sun-gold
filaments and creamy, pale-yellow petals, 'Claire de Lune' can be
found on the Reflecting Pool Terrace near the stairs to the Main
'Pastel Splendor' is an intriguing
Itoh peony with lavender flower buds that slowly change to a
combination of pink and cream.
The bright pink and gold single
flowers of ‘Nymphe’ provide a delightful display with one of
Greenwood’s antique urns on the Reflecting Pool Terrace.
'Cora Louise', a stunning Itoh
peony, grows in the Garden of the Gods and features a heart of rich
lavender and pure white petals.
Be sure to look for Itoh
'Bartzella' near the Teahouse. It features enormous, fully double
flowers of brilliant yellow with red flares at the center.