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Paeonia 'Gardenia'

Exquisite Shape and Sweet Fragrance Similar to Gardenia

Item # 49106

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It looks like a Gardenia and smells like a Gardenia. And actually, it is a Gardenia. Well, sort of. Floriferous 'Gardenia' Paeonia has many of the features of the popular flowering shrub and provide a magnificent cutflower with a long life in a vase.

Blooming from a soft pink bud into exquisite, creamy white blossoms with a light blush and golden stamens, 'Gardenia' produces double flowers ideal as a specimen plant or in beds and borders, in addition to its value as a bouquet. Often planted with other cultivars with staggered bloom times to extend a peony season, it flowers for approximately 7 to 10 days in late spring or early summer.

Reaching 3 feet in height with glossy, dark green foliage that remains appealing throughout the summer and often changes colors in fall. Thriving in full sun or partial shade in rich, fertile, well-drained soil, 'Gardenia' prefers a sheltered location for protection against hard rain.

Appealing to butterflies, 'Gardenia' requires only minimal maintenance and is resistant to deer and rabbits and virtually pest free. It does not need to be divided, but should be planted away from trees or shrubs that may compete for food and moisture. Remove spent flowers when they fade and cut back the plant after the fall foliage.



Space plants 3 ft apart in full sun or light shade, the latter being preferable in southernmost zones. The ideal soil is rich and moisture retentive, but well drained.

When planting, set the root clumps in the hole so that the “eyes” or growing points are covered with no more than 1-2 inches of soil. Do not plant too deeply or your peony will not prosper.


It is vital that these plants be kept well watered during their growing season. As peonies are heavy feeders, fertilize each spring with a high phosphorous fertilizer after growth has started. When cutting, remove as little foliage as possible, since the leaves are necessary for plant growth and vigor.

Remove spent flowers and, in the fall, cut back dead foliage. Established plants prefer not to be moved. In situations exposed to heavy winds, staking or a plant support hoop may be necessary.


Zones 3-8

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.