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18 Red Peony Varieties You Should Know
Varieties Of Red Peonies
1. Buckeye Belle
This gorgeous belle is a hybrid peony (Paeonia Officinalis x Paeonia lactiflora) with unique coloring. It blooms heavily in late spring to early summer and will flower for approximately 7 to 10 days.
The hybrid, flame peony, is a profuse bloomer. It grows on a bushy mound of deep green leaves and blooms in late spring to early summer. Blooms last for 7 to 10 days. Stagger this peony with others that bloom later for constant color. These make excellent cut flowers for your favorite vase.
3. Dia Jo Kuhan
Dia Jo Kuhan is another early summer peony variety. It prefers full sun and regular soil. It will spread up to 36" in a mounded shape, and blooms will reach up to the top of the plant. It has rich red leaves and a lemony yellow center.
4. Coral Fay
This peony is a radiant rose red with coral overtones on its petals. It has slender, attractive foliage and is quite fragrant. The large blooms are spectacular in late spring to early summer. Deer-resistant, it is a real show-stopper in your garden.
5. Benjamin Franklin
This peony variety has a crimson red double bloom that is lightly fragrant. It typically blooms later in the season, so mix it with some of the earlier blooming varieties. It grows to 30″ to 36″ and comes back bigger and better every year. Benjamin Franklin is a perfect perennial garden plant.
6. Adolphe Rousseau
This peony variety features large, double cerise-red flowers with bright yellow stamens. It's a heavy bloomer with sturdy stems, which makes it an excellent cut flower. If you want a reliable and vigorous red peony to bloom in midseason, then Adolphe Rousseau is for you.
7. Red Emperor
The red emperor peony variety is eye-catching. This hybrid peony gradually fades in color as the bloom ages, leaving an interesting yellow outline on the tips of the flower petals.
These flowers have an extremely long vase life, lasting up to and sometimes over a week as a cut flower.
8. Simply Red
Paeonia, simply red, has deep velvety red coloring on single flowers with yellow centers. These peonies are an exciting cross between tree and garden peonies. They grow to a height of 4' and spread as much as 3' wide, so keep spacing in mind when planting.
9. Nippon Beauty
This popular variety is a striking red with petals that form a cup around the center. The center stamens are a lighter red, edged with gold.
The Japanese type is a prolific bloomer that keeps its color even when the temperatures get hot. Nippon beauty is a later season peony, perfect for planting with a few early season varieties.
10. Rubra Plena
Rubra Plena is a vibrant, fragrant peony, known since the Middle Ages. The plus-sized, long-lasting, crimson blooms consist of small rosettes of lacey petals.
This peony's double flowers add color to any landscape and can be spotted growing in gardens throughout North America. It's very hardy, yet compact.
11. Felix Supreme
This peony variety, created more than 60 years ago, remains a favorite among peony enthusiasts. We know it for its large double ruby-red flowers. This vigorous, easy to care for peony has gorgeous foliage, just as lovely in a vase as it is outside.
12. Sword Dance
Another Japanese type of peony, sword dance (Paeonia lactiflora) produces large flowers with magenta-red petals that surround a magnificent center of golden-yellow staminodes streaked with red. It's non-fading and wind-resistant, along with being incredibly eye-catching.
13. Red Magic
This is such a super peony; no wonder it is named red magic. Its flowers are broad cranberry-colored petals surrounding a mass of slimmer, deeper red petals. The blooms are fragrant and large (up to 7″ across). This peony is a midseason bloomer.
14. Inspector Lavergne
Inspector Lavergne is a gorgeous ruby-red double bloomed peony. The flowers appear midseason to late midseason on long straight stems. The globular crimson flower has frilled petals in the center, and it grows on straight stems that make a lovely cut flower.
15. Red Charm
Red Charm is a hybrid, full-petalled peony that has impressive ball-shaped blooms. It arrives early in peony season and is one of the first double-flowered peonies to appear in gardens each spring. The stems remain shorter than other varieties, but they are very thick and robust, suitable for floral arrangements.
16. Red Sarah Bernhardt
This peony variety blooms late, during midseason. It has double red blooms, is a healthy rapid grower, has dark green foliage, and many strong stems. Use the red Sarah Bernhardt peonies as cut flowers, as is commonly done by florists as well as admirers.
The Kansas peony produces huge, double carmine-red blooms atop bold stems. They make excellent cut flowers and are considered one of the best double red peonies to grow.
The foliage is a lush, bushy mound, with glossy, dark green leaves that stay attractive throughout the summer even when the blooms have died out.
18. Scarlet Heaven
This peony is known as Itoh, and the variety has a showy, 8" diameter, deep red bloom with a yellow center. Itoh hybrid peonies are desired for their extended bloom time, cold hardiness, sturdy stems, and disease resistance.
We hope you agree that these red, crimson, scarlet, and carmine blooms are among the most beautiful of the peonies. If you found this post helpful, please do check out a few of our others here at GardenTabs.com below:
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