’Gay Paree’ is a standout in the peony world! It is a prolific bloomer with a romantic perfume. In mid-season, it bears large, Japanese-type, deep cerise-pink outer (guard) petals that cup a cluster of ivory interior petals.
Remove spent flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in the fall. Long lived, peonies do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years.
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 – Gay Paree Peony – 1 Gallon Pot
- An heirloom selection, registered by Auten in 1933
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Easy care
- Can be shipped dormant
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Botanical Name: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Gay Paree’
- Mature Size(H x W) : 33”-35” x 35”-39”
- Soil: Normal, sandy, clay, well-draining
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun
- Characteristics: herbaceous, soft stem peony
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Bloom: Deep pink/white in late spring to early summer
- Suggested Uses: Border, Specimen, Cut Flowers