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peonies, sage, & catmint // Great Gardens & Ideas // Peonies make beautiful cut flowers and when the "bushes" are mature, grow lots of flowers with nicely spaced blooming since you always have mature flowers and blooms at the same time

FESTIVA MAXIMA, 1851 The most famous peony of all, ‘Festiva Maxima’ has been a standard of excellence since Hovey’s of Boston first offered it here in 1852. Its big, sparkling white flowers are improved by a few dribbles of crimson, its stems are strong, and it blooms reliably even in the South. 3-5 eye roots, 36”, zones 3-8aS/8bWC, from Iowa.Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs

Fern Leaf Peony - I love the ants on the opening bud. They are attracted to the nectar and will leave when the flower is fully open. Contrary to an old myth, ants are not required for the plant to bloom.

Peony and Iris border: Neighbors down the street have an old stone wall out by the road. A border of pink peonies and various shades of purple and lilac irises grows in front of it. What a glorious sight it is each year.

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A Cut Flower Garden of Perennial Favorites

Garden plan for a cutting garden: A Garden of Bouquets, Year After Year (using perennials)