Selling for more than $1,000 a division just a few years ago, 'Bartzella' is on every serious gardener's wish list.
The flowers are simply magnificent, whorled like a rose but far longer-lasting and much larger. The outer layers are a creamy meringue, becoming more richly yellow toward the center, where hints of a red base (the "flares" characteristic of Tree Peonies) are visible as the bloom unfolds to its fullest extent. Absolutely superior to others as a cut-flower, they last for several weeks in the vase, their scent remaining as fresh and enticing as their petals. A single plant will perfume the garden and keep your vases full . . . but at this very special pricing, who would plant just one?
'Bartzella' is an intersectional or Itoh hybrid, a very special class of Peonies with parentage from both Tree and Herbaceous species. Blooming in between the Tree Peonies and their Herbaceous cousins, 'Bartzella' offers a range of superior traits: shrubby habit, fragrance, luscious bloom color and larger bloom size, excellent resistance to Peony Blight, tolerance of heat, humidity, cold, and poor soil, and extended bloom season.
This plant reaches about 3 feet high and wide in sun or light shade. It is untroubled by rabbits or deer, and is quite long-lived, blooming dependably for decades. Peonies are very slow to propagate (hence their high price) but are quite low maintenance once planted in the garden. They flower in late spring or early summer, and often need plant supports to hold up their bounty of huge blooms. Although most frequently used as a cutflower, they are a delightful garden presence as well, the flowers holding for weeks. Discover the joy of this old-fashioned flower with modern vigor, longevity, and bloom strength! And please reserve your 'Bartzella' early. At this price, it will not see out the season! Zones 3-8.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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