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RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society, founded in 1804 by Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood is now more than 200 years old. The Society is a very "British" phenomenon, one that combines a passion for plants with the relevant expertise. This passion extends to people of all ages throughout the world and it is this broad appeal that makes the Society so special.

In addition to its extensive website, libraries, various gardens, consulting services and - of course - garden shows, plants are continuously being tested in Wisley for the RHS Award or Garden Merit.

Plants that meet the criteria of a true all-round garden plant are given the Award of Garden Merit. Such plants must be readily available, healthy, not require hightly specialist growing conditions or care, and may not be particularly susceptible to pests or disease, and of course should look nice throughout the season.

We are a member of the RHS.

The Royal Horticultural Society - Award of Garden Merit - A SELECTION

P. Bartzella

P. Bartzella 2012

Paeonia Itoh "Bartzella" 1986. Hybridiser: Anderson Roger F. Ford Atkinson Wisconsin, USA. Paeonia Itoh "Bartzella" 1986. A cross between a tree- and herbaceous peony. Plants produce large semi-double to nearly double, fluffy, soft yellow blooms with soft red flares radiating from its centre. The pleasing scented flowers of this prolific bloomer emerge through the foliage over the entire surface of the bush. It is an excellent landscape plant with finely cut foliage and neat appearance which lasts until the first frost. Due to its longer stems it can be used as a cut flower.
P. Coral Charm

P. Coral Charm 2012

Paeonia hybrid (peregrina x lactiflora) "Coral Charm" 1964. Hybridiser: Wissing Samuel E. (1899 - 1970) Lombard, Illinois, USA. Coral semi-double flower with inward curving petals. Colour tone changes from orange to soft cream, with all colours present on a mature plant in full flower. Long stems make this a valuable cut flower. May be susceptible to a severe late spring frost.
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P. Duchesse de Nemours 1993

Paeonia lactiflora "Duchesse de Nemours" 1856. Hybridiser: Jacques Calot (d1875) Douat, France. The outer petals are reversed to form a bowl containing another compact flower of dense petaloids. This abundant flowering variety has glossy green leaves and sturdy stems. Several side buds extend the flowering season. Each bouquet fills the room with a spicy lemon fragrance. It is one of the select list of professionally grown cut flowers. Plant support is recommended.
P. Lady Alexandra Duff

P. Lady Alexandra Duff 1993

Paeonia lactiflora "Lady Alexander Duff" 1902. Hybridiser: Kelway James (d1895?) also son William and grandson James (1871-1952) Langport, England. Flowers are born in clusters, of one main bud with smaller side buds, which develop to semi-double flowers. Side buds can be removed to produce a very large and sumptuous double flower. A very nice cut flower and if provided with the necessary support a lovely garden plant. Like the lady it was named after, it is a charming and graceful plant. Plant support is recommended.
P. Laura Dessert

P. Laura Dessert 1993

Paeonia lactiflora "Laura Dessert" 1913. Hybridiser: Auguste Dessert Chenonceaux France (1859 - 1929) The anemone-form guard petals are pink in bud, open to cream and pale lemon, and become white at their final stage. They enclose a fluffy cream-colored centre of petaloids. Lovely scented flower. Several side buds extend the flowering period. The dark green foliage remains clean until the end of summer and the peony is a suitable landscape- as well as cut flower variety.
P. Miss America

P. Miss America 2012

Paeonia lactiflora "Miss America" 1936. Hybridiser: Mann James R. (1856-1922) Chicago, Ill USA. Registered by J. Van Steen. Mother of pearl tinted flower buds open up to bright white cup shaped flowers. Large semi-double flowers with numerous petals form a perfect cup, and contrast beautifully against the glossy dark green foliage. Slightly fragrant flowers are placed upon long slender stems. Depending on the location support may be required. A strong performer, loved by bees and other pollen loving garden friends.
P. Rosea Plena

P. Rosea Plena 1993

Paeonia officinalis "rosea plena". Double pink silk-like flower. Colour changes to a lighter shade, but flowers are long lasting. Traditionally grown in apothecary gardens of monasteries. The botanical ancestors originate from southern and middle Europe. A nice cut flower and landscape plant.
P. Rubra Plena

P. Rubra Plena 1993

Paeonia officinalis "rubra plena". The quintessential old-fashioned peony, suitable for any garden of farmyard. Double ruby red flower with numerous petals. One of the earliest double peonies to bloom. Suitable as a cut flower or landscape plant. The botanical ancestors originate from southern and middle Europe.
P. Sarah Bernhardt

P. Sarah Bernhardt 1993

Paeonia lactiflora "Sarah Bernhardt" 1906. Hybridiser: Emile Lemoine Nancy France (1862-1943). A profusion of different shades of pink, highlighted with crimson-touched petals in the centre of the full double flower. Three to four buds per stem extend the flowering period. Slightly fragrant. The large flowers require support of some kind. It is the best-selling cut flower peony, and named after the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923): celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic for her role as Marguerite in La Dame aux Camelias, and as Cordelia in King Lear.
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