'Best Man' has all the dependable qualities you'd expect from a Peony -- a grand show of blooms in June followed by healthy, essentially trouble-free foliage the rest of the season. The double flowers are deep red with pink tones and although held on sturdy stems, they may need staking to protect them from wind and rain. Given proper conditions, plants will stand by you for decades. Mid- to late season.
Peonies produce their extravagant display every year, regardless of weather, because they are among the most durable and longest-lived plants. They have no natural enemies, no exacting cultural requirements beyond full sun and neutral to slightly sweet soil, and they shrug off cold. After bloom is complete, you are left with a handsome mound of glossy, deep green foliage that will happily anchor the next sequence of bloom in the neighborhood. Finally, Peonies make superior cut flowers, lasting more than a week if cut in full bud.
We ship large roots with 3-5 eyes that are fresh from the growing fields. While a newly planted Peony seldom makes a first-class show in its first season, these vigorous plants will reach the top of their form in their second or third year. Southern gardeners should seek out our early bloomers and provide afternoon shade. Please note: Our Peonies are shipped for fall planting.