The peony - roots in the past - inspiration for the future
Peonies have been around for many millennia and have inspired cultures around the globe. Their versatility makes them suitable for natural, contemporary and romantic gardens.
An herbaceous peony is a long-lived perennial. New shoots reappear each spring and grow into a large bush. The stems disintegrate in autumn, and in winter the peony retires underground, preparing new flowers for spring.
An Itoh or intersectional hybrid peony is a cross between a tree and an herbaceous peony. The foliage and flowers reveal their tree peony ancestry. Their growth pattern, however, is similar to the herbaceous peony. Foliage remains healthy until the first frost. The Itoh peony is an asset for every garden.
Tree peonies have a wooden structure similar to a shrub. They generally bloom earlier than their herbaceous cousins. We have a limited selection of tree peonies and give preference to varieties, which have the benefit of stronger stems and beautiful flowers that are carried above the foliage.
New Peonies 2020
New catalogue for 2020! We propose a dozen new varieties and one totally new introduction! Choose from our wide range of classic and contemporary varieties.
We harvest our sturdy and energetic roots in autumn. After a thorough wash they are divided. At Graefswinning, this is done exclusively manual to assure we only choose the best! Often our peonies flower in the first year.