The Gardener's Peony

Herbaceous and Tree Peonies

By Martin Page
(Timber Press (OR), Hardcover, 9780881926941, 267pp.)

Publication Date: June 2005

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Peonies are virtually unrivalled in a their ability to bring impact and drama to a garden. Once established they flourish for decades, bringing large quantities of flamboyant blooms in a magical range of hues and outstanding, often finely cut foliage. This informative guide highlights the best peonies for gardeners, paying particular attention to the tree peonies, herbaceous hybrids and the latest cultivars of "Paeonia lactiflora."
The Chinese have been growing tree peonies for 1600 years but these exotic plants still make a novel addition to the Western garden. A full-size plant bearing dozens of flowers is an awesome sight and the selection here includes the best of the Chinese and Japanese cultivar ranges, the classic hybrids and the sought-after hybrids raised by Arthur Saunders in the 1930s that range in colour from yellow to mahogany-red. Enthusiasts of herbaceous peonies will delight in the selection of "Paeonia lactiflora" cultivars along with the new complex hybrids between "P. lactiflora, P. wittmanniana" and "P. macrophylla." Over 200 photographs accompany the detailed plant descriptions to provide an invaluable reference source>
Advice on buying peonies along with detailed cultivation requirements for the individual groups will ensure success in the garden, while information on the history of peonies, conservation issues, and morphology complete this authoritative review.

About the Author
A botanist by training, Martin Page spent the early part of his career surveying hay meadows for the Nature Conservancy Council in England. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter and was a contributor to The National Vegetation Classification. He then spent several years working as a professional photographer, followed by a career in industry. Martin has been studying peonies for ten years and is the author of "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Peonies". He was formerly the Deputy Editor of "Water Gardening" magazine and News Editor of the Royal Horticultural Society's journal "The Garden". He is currently director of the American Peony Society.
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