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BLOOM SEQUENCE
The overall peony bloom cycle lasts up to 8 weeks, typically beginning the end of April and ending in early June (in NJ). This cycle begins with the ground-cover-like Woodland Herbaceous Peonies, moves on to the woody shrub Tree Peonies, peaks with the well known Herbaceous Peonies, and finishes with the relatively new Intersectional Peonies.

Of these 4 Main Peony Groups (Woodland, Tree, Herbaceous, Intersectinal), many of them have subgroups. For example, tree peonies can be divided into cultivars that originate from the suffruticosa, gansu and lutea species. These subgroups, while all tree peonies, will behave slightly differently. The subgroups are noted in the graphics above and below.

The subgroups we specify are divided mainly by their use in the landscape and unique characteristics. There is much debate in the horticultural realm as to what specifically goes in what group and how peonies should be classified. It is not our intent to get deep into this horticultural debate but instead help customers navigate through the bloom progression and defining characteristics.


Peony Bloom Sequence
 

BLOOM SEQUENCE OVERVIEW

Weeks 1 & 2 - Woodland Herbaceous Peonies

Weeks 2 & 3 - Suffruticosa Tree Peonies
(at our Display Gardens in Northern NJ, peak tree bloom is typically around Mother's Day, weather dependent, watch Facebook for updates)

Weeks 2.5 & 3.5 - Gansu Tree Peonies

Weeks 4 & 5 - Lutea Tree Peonies

Week 4 & 5 - Fern Leaf Herbaceous Hybrids | Coral Herbaceous Hybrids | True Red Herbaceous Hybrids

Weeks 5, 6 & 7 - Lactiflora Herbaceous Peonies
(at our Display Gardens in Northern NJ, peak herbaceous bloom is typically around Memorial Day, weather dependent, watch Facebook for updates)

Weeks 7 & 8 - Intersectional Peonies

The groups in our 8 Weeks of Bloom are divided mainly by their use in the landscape and unique characteristics. There is much debate in the horticultural realm as to what specifically goes in what group and how peonies should be classified. It is not our intent to get deep into this horticultural debate but instead help customers navigate through the bloom progression.

 
 

 

To whittle it down further, each individual peony cultivar is classified with a bloom time relative to others of it's kind. We note these specifics on each plant tag (very early, early, mid, late). We have found however that timing can often be more dependent on location than anything else. For example, a late blooming herbaceous peony in full sun often flowers earlier than an early blooming herbaceous peony with less sun.

Below are links to some of the most comprehensive lists of photographs that show the order of bloom of individual cultivars within the major peony classifications. We hope this helps you extend your season and choose the best cultivars to suit your garden.

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