Peonies are not true roses and are so named because of their beautiful rose-like, fragrant flowers. The genus name: Paeonia, is derived from Paion which, in Greek mythology, implies praise for something of exceptional quality. Peonies are native to Central and Eastern Asia, with their roots being used as a medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine.
The Chinese herbaceous peonies are among the world’s oldest garden plants. They are hardy and easy to grow but should be planted where they can remain undisturbed for many years. Their delightful blooms love to grow in shady areas and flowering will occur from the second year after planting in late Spring. Height ranges from between 40 to 50cm.