Benjamin Franklin is perfect if you love flower arranging but are overwhelmed by the size of peony blossoms. This deep pink to crimson double bloom is free flowering, with blossoms that are held well above the foliage on wiry stems. The large outer petals are centered by smaller, overlapping ones. This is a mid to late season blooming variety that blooms just when other peonies are producing their last few flowers.
Peonies are tough, undemanding perennials that can bloom happily for a century or more with little care. Choose a sunny to lightly shaded spot to plant with good air circulation and plenty of room for them to grow. Because they like ample water, they do best in somewhat heavier clay-type soils and away from the roots of trees and shrubs.
When planting, water deeply and maintain even soil moisture until the ground freezes to help the plant develop as many feeder roots as possible its first fall. To protect the delicate roots the first winter, apply mulch. After the ground freezes, mound the newly planted area with 2-4 inches of soil or 5-8 inches of a fluffy, non-matting mulch such as straw, cornstalks, peat moss, or evergreen boughs – but not leaves.
Tip: Potted dormant perennials can be kept in a well-lit cool/cold area (i.e. garage, shed, even in a protected area outdoors) until ready for spring planting. Do not allow them to completely dry out.
- You are purchasing one – Benjamin Franklin Peony - 1 Gallon Pot
- Easy to care for
- Mildly fragrant
- Cold hardy; Deer resistant
- Can be shipped dormant
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Botanical Name: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Benjamin Franklin’
- Mature Size(H x W) : 31”-35” x 31”-35”
- Soil: Normal, sandy, clay, well-draining
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun
- Characteristics: Bold, erect stems
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Bloom: Red bloom in late spring to early summer
- Suggested Uses: Border, Specimen, Cut Flowers
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