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Sarah Bernhardt Peony
Marvelous Fragrance from Huge Powderpuffs of Pastel Pink!
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Sarah Bernhardt Peony

Bareroot
Item # 44595
$9.95
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A classic cut flower!

Measuring up to 9 inches across, these flowers arise very late in Peony season!
Celebrating 100 years of gracing sunny gardens and elegant vases, 'Sarah Bernhardt' is one of the classic Peonies that helped make this perennial a favorite from the foundation planting to the patio, the border to the vase! Gigantic 7- to 9-inch double blooms of luscious pink (occasionally flecked with raspberry) release an unforgettable fragrance, and the sun-loving plant is as easy to grow as a weed!

'Sarah Bernhardt' begins flowering in early summer and continues for several weeks. This plant reaches 3 feet tall, a nice size for any setting from the foundation to the patio garden.

'Sarah Bernhardt' was introduced in 1906 by the renowned French nursery Lemoine. It establishes readily in moisture-retentive, well-drained soil enriched with organics and receiving full sun to light shade.

If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let me enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations.

Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer.

Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones.

Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings.

Peonies are a nice garden "bridge" plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space.

Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Zones 3-8.

Genus Paeonia
Species tenuifolia
Variety 'Sarah Bernhardt'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 2 - 8
Bloom Season Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 2 ft 6 in
Plant Width 2 ft 6 in
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Flower, Fragrance, Heirloom, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Season Spring
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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A great, dependable peony
Sam Brungardt from MN wrote (March 08, 2012):
I've had 'Sarah Bernhardt' in my yard next to a 'Royal Star' magnolia for several years. This is a very dependable peony, perhaps not as fragrant as some, that I'd heartily recommend.

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Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

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