Robert Johnson on
[peony] Favorites for 2001
As you may know, I grow mostly herbacious hybrids, so my
"favorites" do not include many of the lactis. They, for
some strange reason, do not seem
to do as well in my sand and
frosts and desert climate.
The following were my favorites this
'Raspberry Charm' by S. Wissing.
This is still
perhaps my top favorite. The flowers this year were almost double,
although I primarily like the semi-doubles that this plant can
throw. It is notable for blooming quite a bit ahead of other
full-flowered peonies, lasts forever as a cut flower, has stems
like a tree, and is long lasting on the bush as well. Always
performs well for me, which is not the case for me with all my
other peonies. It is the earliest of the peonies I grow that I
really look forward to. Worth searching out. (Klehm,
'Etched Salmon' by Lyman Cousins
the best of the wonderful Cousins things, and perhaps the most
attractive of ALL hybrid creamy pinks, in my humble opinion. When
will this peony get the Gold Medal? It deserves it. Always
expensive because frustrating crown structure makes for few
Mathews' bought from Saunders by Kreckler.
new for me. It used to show up on many "My Favorite 20
Peonies" lists (see '75years of APS') which is why I tried
it. A very nice 5 row single(semi-double)brilliant red that I just
loved. Perhaps hard to locate,(Caprice?) but really worth growing.
Fairly early among the hybrids.
'Salmon Dream' David
wonderful plant habit, and a standout color-wise wherever we saw
it blooming this season. Relatively new, and hard to locate
because of high demand, but sure to become more common in the
'Coral Sunset' My
'Command Performance' Large, sturdy,
and so far quite reliable among the big double hybrids, not all of
which do well for me here. From Don Hollingsworth.
Bouquet' Unique in form, parentage, and foliage, and quite
early. Good early season interest.
Finally nice for me this year. Unique because of how VERY EARLY
(despite what descriptions say) this is for any double, especially
a white. Blooms with Roselette. Not the greatest foliage later in
the season, however.
'Pink Derby' One lacti that
does well for me here, but paradoxically may not do well for some
others in more conventional growing areas. Appears on many "My
Favorite Peonies" lists. Fairly expensive, apparently because