‘Lemon Chiffon’ peonies are the Summer blooms so many gardeners dream about

May 4th, 2021

Summer is almost here, and flowers will soon be in bloom.

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One of the most sought-after flowers to come blooming this season are peonies.

Peonies come in many colors.

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Most are white with a shade of pink. Some are even darker. Rare ones also bloom blue flowers.

But the dreamiest of them all is the Lemon Chiffon Peonies.

As the name suggests, these peonies come in pale yellow flowers. They start as single flowers but grow into multi-flower stems through the years.

So how did this breed become this wonderful herbaceous hybrid?

The Lemon Chiffon Peony was hybridized in 1981 by D.L. Reath. He crossbred ‘Salmon Dream’ and Reath No. F-3 (which is also a hybrid which he crossbred from ‘Cream Delight’ and ‘Moonrise.’) The combination of all these plant parentages resulted in this cheerful lemon yellow.

These gorgeous blooms were also awarded Best in Show and Grand Champion by the American Peony Society in 2000 – proof of its unquestionable beauty.

This flower starts to grow buds early to mid-Spring and blooms into a full flower late Spring to early summer or between May and June. They can grow up to 32 inches high and 24 to 36 inches wide.

This is why these flowers are popular among Mother’s Day and wedding bouquets and decors.

Lemon Chiffon Peonies are tough flowers.

They are hardy and weather-resistant, which means they can survive hotter temperatures and rain. Its stems are strong and can support the flowers even if they multiply in each stem. This also makes them an excellent vase plant since the strong stems can support the flowers so that they won’t bow or sag.

They may be tough, but they’re also easy to care for.

Lemon Chiffon Peonies are low maintenance; that’s why many green thumbs love to grow them. They thrive in partial or complete shade and grow best in zones 3 to 8. You have to plant these lovelies in well-drained, deep soil with organic matter and medium moisture.

Surprisingly, they don’t need to be watered too often.

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They need just an inch of water in a week. This should be more consistent during its growing period around early Spring.

Remember to avoid transplanting and dividing peonies.

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Herbaceous Peonies don’t like that and may not grow well after. However, if it is unavoidable to move them, make sure to divide them first. Do it during the fall when all foliage had died back so it would seem like you’re starting over.

You don’t have to worry about predators, either.

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These flowers are resistant to deer and rabbits. They may not attract many bees since they prefer single-flowered stems, but it does catch the attention of many butterflies! There are also very few insects to worry about that might infest Herbaceous Peonies.

Lemon Chiffon Peonies are great for growing your garden.

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They are perennials and can live up to fifty years and bloom more impressively over time as the flowers multiply on each stem. They also grow armfuls of flowers and tend to bloom in groups. It’s perfect for growing along paths or walkways, or you can grow them as hedges, too.

A bonus tip for a more beautiful summer garden:

Peonies grow well with roses and clematis!

Get the full tutorial on planting and caring for these lovely ladies in the video below!

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Source: American Peony Society, Southern Living, Peony Society, Alaska Peony Cooperative Facebook Page, White Flower Farm,