Favored by most gardeners for the beauty of their exquisite flowers, their delightful fragrance, and their bold foliage changing shades over the seasons, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color in the landscape. Virtually carefree once established, they live for generations, are deer proof and produce some of the best cut flowers - making them one of Nature's loveliest perennials!

However, when it comes to selecting the right peony, the task may become daunting as there are over 3 000 peony cultivars available (!!!) to choose from. A good start in your selection process would be to review those of outstanding merit as acknowledged by the American Peony Society or the Royal Horticultural Society.

The American Peony Society, by way of awarding medals and certificates, has long recognized exceptional peonies. Its Gold Medal or Award of Landscape Merit reward peony varieties selected for their beauty and ornamental value, their overall appearance in the landscape and throughout the growing season, as well as their reliable performance.

Similarly, the Royal Horticultural Society rewards plants of outstanding excellence for garden decoration, that do not require highly specialized growing conditions or care, and that are not particularly susceptible to any pest or disease through its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Here is a selection of exceptional peonies acclaimed by these prestigious societies that could become the highlight of your spring garden!

Award Winning Peonies

Paeonia 'Early Scout', Peony 'Early Scout', 'Early Scout' Peony, Red Peonies, Red Flowers, Fragrant Peonies 'Early Scout' Paeonia 'Paula Fay', Peony 'Paula Fay', 'Paula Fay' Peony, Pink Peonies, Pink Flowers, Fragrant Peonies'Paula Fay' Paeonia 'Bartzella', Peony 'Bartzella', 'Bartzella' Peony, Itoh Peony 'Bartzella', Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella', Yellow Peonies, Yellow flowers, Fragrant Peonies'Bartzella'
Paeonia 'Red Charm' , Peony 'Red Charm', 'Red Charm Peony, Red Peonies, Red Flowers, Fragrant Peonies'Red Charm' Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima', Peony 'Festiva Maxima', 'Festiva Maxima' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Festiva Maxima', Common Garden Peony 'Festiva Maxima', White Peonies, White flowers, Fragrant Peonies'Festiva Maxima' Paeonia 'Coral Charm', Peony 'Coral Charm', 'Coral Charm' Peony, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Coral Flowers, Coral Peonies'Coral Charm'
Paeonia Lactiflora 'Miss America', Peony 'Miss America', 'Miss America' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Miss America', Common Garden Peony 'Miss America', White Peonies, White flowers, Fragrant Peonies 'Miss America' Paeonia Lactiflora 'Monsieur Jules Elie', Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie', 'Monsieur Jules Elie' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie' , Common Garden Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie', Pink Peonies, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Fragrant Peonies'Monsieur Jules Elie' Paeonia Lactiflora 'Lady Alexandra Duff', Peony ''Lady Alexandra Duff', ''Lady Alexandra Duff' Peony, Chinese Peony ''Lady Alexandra Duff', Common Garden Peony ''Lady Alexandra Duff', Pink Peonies, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Fragrant Peonies'Lady Alexandra Duff'
Paeonia Lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt', Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt', 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peony, White flowers, White Peonies, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Fragrant Peonies'Sarah Bernhardt' Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle', Peony 'Buckeye Belle', 'Buckeye Belle' Peony, Red Peonies, Red Flowers'Buckeye Belle' Paeonia Lactiflora 'Miss America', Peony 'Miss America', 'Miss America' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Miss America', Common Garden Peony 'Miss America', White Peonies, White flowers, Fragrant Peonies 'Miss America'
Paeonia Lactiflora 'Felix Crousse', Peony 'Felix Crousse', 'Felix Crousse' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Felix Crousse' , Common Garden Peony 'Felix Crousse', Red Flowers, Red Peonies, Fragrant Peonies'Felix Crousse' Paeonia 'Garden Treasure', Peony 'Garden Treasure', 'Garden Treasure' Peony, Itoh Peony 'Garden Treasure', Intersectional Peony 'Garden Treasure', Yellow Peonies, Yellow flowers, Fragrant Peonies'Garden Treasure' Paeonia 'Coral Sunset', Peony 'Coral Sunset', 'Coral Sunset' Peony, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Coral Flowers, Coral Peonies'Coral Sunset