|One of the most-loved and spectacular flowers, the Herbaceous Peony is coveted by florists and gardeners alike. Up to 10 inches wide, the often fragrant flowers bloom single (uncommon), semi-double or double, and range from pure white to deep red. Some smell like roses. Easy to grow, some 2- to 4-foot clumps live decades, even up to a century. Plant roots 1 to 2 inches deep in rich, fertile soil and they will never need to be replaced. Use as large shrub borders. Less weather-tolerant than Tree Peonies, they need cold winters and full sun for bloom. Check specialty nurseries for warm climate varieties. Buy as bareroot divisions in fall or container plants in spring.
Some other double, white varieties to look for are 'Honey Gold' (mid-season bloom) and 'Lullaby' (late-season bloom).
Attributes - Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: White
Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.