Peony

COMMON NAME:  peonyGENUS:  PaeoniaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:P. lactiflora {Chinese peony}-many hybrids; single or double. P. suffruticosa {TREE PEONY}-shrub; does not die back in winter.FAMILY:  RanunculaceaeBLOOMS:  late springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Peony greets spring with offerings of very large, beautiful blossoms in pinks, white, and shades of red. The foliage is neat and attractive, and the plants create an appealing, … Continue reading Peony

Poppy

COMMON NAME:  poppyGENUS:  PapaverSPECIES:  P. nudicaule-Iceland poppy. P. rhoeas-Shirley or corn poppy; blooms spring and summer. P. orientale-huge, bowl-shaped blossoms; perennialFAMILY:  PapaveraceaeBLOOMS:  late spring, summerTYPE:  annual, perennialDESCRIPTION:  Iceland poppy is a tender perennial, usually grown as an annual. The leaves are finely dissected, fernlike, and hairy. The large blossoms {3 inches across} come in orange, … Continue reading Poppy