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Paeonia lactiflora ‘Pillow Talk’ (Peony)

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Fragrant, award-winning Peony ‘Pillow Talk’ (Paeonia lactiflora) is a very attractive double-flowered selection with large blossoms, 5 in. across (12 cm), incredibly packed with fluffy, soft pink petals. They are borne in profusion on sturdy stems. A strong grower, Pillow Talk has earned the American Peony Society Gold Metal Award.

  • Blooming heavily in late spring – early summer, this midseason peony will flower for approximately 7-10 days.
    You may want to plant other cultivars with staggered bloom times (there are early, mid and late blooming varieties) to extend your peonies season to up to 6 weeks.
  • Reliable and vigorous, this herbaceous peony grows in a lush, bushy mound of glossy, emerald green, divided foliage reaching up to 28-30 in. in height (70-75 cm) and 30-36 in. in spread (75-90 cm). The foliage remains attractive throughout summer until frost and often colors up in the fall.
  • Enjoys full sun or part shade in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Peony plants grow best in full sun but will tolerate some light afternoon shade. Provide a sheltered location. Staking may be required as the large peony flowers tend to arch toward the ground and may be driven to the ground by hard rain.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant but attractive to butterflies!
  • Virtually pest free. Watch for honey fungus and peony wilt.
  • Very useful and adaptable in the garden. Perfect as a specimen plant or in groups for borders and beds, city gardens or cottage gardens. Ideal for bordering a walk or driveway and as an informal hedge. Makes excellent cut flowers with a long vase life (over a week) if cut in bud. Enjoy a magnificent bouquet of white peonies at home! Plant your peonies away from trees or shrubs as peonies don’t like to compete for food and moisture.
  • Low maintenance. Remove spent flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in fall. Long-lived (peonies may live up to 50 years!), the plants do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years. Peonies do not respond well to transplanting, so choose your planting location carefully.
  • The best time to plant peonies is in early fall, so they will have time to become established in the soil before winter. They do not flower the first year of planting, and may take up to two years to produce their showy, fragrant blooms.
  • All parts of the plant may cause stomach discomfort if consumed.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Peonies: How to Grow and Care with Success


Beloved for the beauty of their exquisite flowers and their handsome foliage, which often turn shades of rust and orange in the fall, Peonies require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeoniaceae
Genus Paeonia
Common names Chinese Peony, Peony
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden
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Paeonia tenuifolia (Fernleaf Peony)
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Paeonia lactiflora ‘Cheddar Charm’ (Peony)
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Cora Stubbs’ (Peony)

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Allium ‘Globemaster’ (Ornamental Onion)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeoniaceae
Genus Paeonia
Common names Chinese Peony, Peony
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden
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Do I Need?
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