Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'
peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'
'Sarah Bernhardt' is an herbaceous perennial to 90cm with divided foliage, erect stems bearing fragrant, rose-pink double flowers 20cm in width, with ruffled inner petals
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Paeonia may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous sub-shrubs with large, divided leaves and showy large bowl-shaped flowers, usually in early summer
- Name status
How to grow
Best in a deep, fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. May need support. See Peony cultivation: herbaceous for further information.
Propagate by division in autumn or early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Cut flowers
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Remove dead flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in autumn
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