Gorgeous, Effortless Peonies
These no-fuss, reliable perennials are perfect for time-challenged gardeners.
Guide to Peony Blooms
Peonies come in several flower forms. Some look like hefty corsages, while others are light and delicate. Depending on the variety, the flower may be bowl, saucer, or cup shaped.
Singles: At least one row of petals and a center of yellow stamens
Semi-doubles: Full with a tuft of stamens, sometimes with petals intermixed
Doubles: So full of petals the stamens usually are not visible (see 'Douglas Brand' at left)
Japanese: Five or more outer petals and a center of stamens that look like thin petals
Bombs: Outer petals and a pompon of inner petals