6-inch blooms are long-lasting in garden or vase, and can even be dried for winter beauty!
You'll have plenty of time to enjoy all this color, too, because 'Twitterpated' blooms profusely in mid-spring, and the flowers are as long-lasting in the garden as they are in the vase. And if you just can't bear to see them go, upend a few blooms after cutting, let them dry, and enjoy them for many more weeks as everlastings!
Vigorous, rounded plants reach 32 inches tall and about 20 to 24 inches wide, so space them 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart if planting more than one. (Who could plant just one?) If this flower form appeals to you, consider planting it with its exotic cousin, 'Green Lotus.' Or, to continue the blooms into summer, situate it in front of a stand of Asiatic Lilies such as 'Antarctica.' The rich foliage of 'Twitterpated' stays fresh all summer, nicely masking the dying foliage of the Lilies in late summer.
Site 'Twitterpated' in full sun, and feed heavily to encourage the heaviest bloom. It is hardy in zones 3-8.
If you like 'Twitterpated,' consider the merits of the colorful, varied herbaceous Peony family! 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, blooming as reliably in its 50th year as it did in its 3rd!
Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to pests, including insects, rabbits, and even deer. (Imagine a "deer fence" consisting entirely of rows of Peonies along the border of your property! Okay, it would be a little short, but what an impact!) Remarkably disease-free as well, they literally need no attention once established.
Third, they truly 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 tones.
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 upended and dried for use as everlastings (the red and pink singles are best for this -- their color and petals outlast those of their paler, double cousins). Mature plants have a pleasingly rounded, plump form, and the foliage stays fresh even in the dog days of August.
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.
Peonies are a nice "bridge" plant in the garden, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. They have enough height to form a good backdrop to low-growing and petite annuals and perennials, yet are compact enough for a slender border or corner display. Planted 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 (because Peonies' lush foliage nicely hides the slumping stalks after the bulbs have bloomed), blue- and white-flowered perennials, larger flowering shrubs such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons, part-shade plants such as Epimedium and Helleborus, and ornamental grasses.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|PlantHeight||2 ft 8 in|
|PlantWidth||24 in - 3 ft|
|Bloom Color||Cream, Orange, White, Yellow|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Beds, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii|