A showy mid- to late season bloomer with lush green foliage that produces long, sturdy stems of semi-double to fully double blooms with a light, spicy fragrance. Flower color ranges from butter yellow to creamy apricot, developing varying degrees of pink. An herbaceous perennial that does best in average garden soil in full sun to partial shade.
According to the Peony Shop in Holland, “Peony Canary Brilliants is a Paeonia Intersectional or ITOH Hybrid. Intersectional hybrid Peonies, also known as Itoh hybrids, named in honor of Toichi Itoh, the originator of these unique hybrid peonies. They are representative of the progeny of crossing or hybridizing the two main groups or selections of peonies; the herbaceous hybrids which die down sub surface buds during their dormant season and the tree or woody shrub peonies which retain a year-round woody branch structure above ground level. During their dormant season, the Itoh or Intersectional hybrids retain only extremely short (1″-2″) woody stems above ground level. Ornamentally, they achieve the best of both parental worlds with the handsome flowers and foliage of the woody tree peonies displayed on an herbaceous plant, with annual new growth originating from buds below ground level. Strong healthy plants form attractive dense, neat, rounded bushes which are shorter in stature than most tree peonies. Flowers are displayed above the handsome foliage that remains greener longer than their herbaceous parents. Intersectional hybrids are somewhat hardier than tree peonies and more tolerant of heat and humidity which extends their ornamental potential.”
Holden Horticulture Staff favorite – not an Ohio Native but such a fantastic spring bloomer we just could not resist!