Peony features growing advice for one of the most beautiful and popular flowering plants. Enthusiastic home gardeners and peony collectors alike will learn the history of the plant, discover the different types of peonies available, and enjoy profiles of the best 194 varieties. Growing information includes details on climate, soil, light, planting, and water needs. Helpful lists detail the best peony varieties for specific needs, and a resource listing shares the best places to buy peonies and the best public gardens to see them in.
David C. Michener is an associate curator at the University of Michigan, including the Peony Garden at the Nichols Arboretum, where he oversees the rejuvenation of the largest public collection of historic herbaceous peonies in North America.
Carol A. Adelman is the founder of Peony Paradise-Adelman Peony Gardens near Salem, Oregon. She and her husband grow 484 varieties of peonies. Carol is on the board of directors for the American Peony Society, is the president of the Pacific North West Peony Society, and is the charter organizer of the Salem Hardy Plant Society.
"A great introduction for gardeners interested in growing peonies and a guide for experienced growers looking for newer varieties to add to their collections."
– Library Journal
"Whether you are already a peony lover or curious to learn more about this garden favorite, Peony is chock full of useful information and recommended varieties."
– NYBG Plant Talk
"Authors David Michener and Carol Adelman combine their expertise to create a luscious and colorful immersion into the world of the peony."
– Petal Talk
"Gardeners who already know and love peonies will find use in this book, as will those just getting started."