'Sorbet' blooms in midseason, late spring to early summer in most climates, on plants just 3 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet wide. Well-branched but never sprawling, the plant is quite hardy, standing up to adverse weather nicely, and its flowers are absolutely showstopping in any setting, from the border to an accent planting.
Peonies are such all-around top garden performers! First, they are exceptionally hardy -- easy to grow and carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations.
Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to pests, including insects, rabbits, and even deer. Remarkably disease free as well, they literally need no attention once established.
Third, they offer three seasons of color. The new spring foliage is reddish; the bright blooms span late spring and early summer; and the fall foliage is tinged with bronze or purple.
Fourth, they are equally suited for the landscape or the vase, offering old-fashioned cottage garden charm plus armloads of stunning blooms. Very long-lived in the vase, the flowers can even be dried for use as everlastings.
Fifth -- but you already know this -- the blooms are out-of-this-world lovely in color, fragrance, and form. As showy as roses and vastly easier to grow and care for, they are the unsung heroes of the flowering garden. 'Sorbet' is hardy in zones 3-8.