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Peony ‘Duchesse De Nemours’


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June - July
90cm x 90cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

Peony ‘Duchesse De Nemours’ is a vision of timeless beauty in the garden. This heirloom perennial boasts large, fully double, ivory-white blooms with a delicate fragrance. Known for its historic charm, this peony provides enduring blooms. Chosen for its classic appeal and garden performance, ‘Duchesse De Nemours’ is a beloved addition to flower borders, where its graceful blooms make a lasting impression.

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Peony 'Duchesse De Nemours' stands as a living testament to botanical history, recognised as one of the oldest and undoubtedly the most celebrated double white Peony. This venerable herbaceous perennial graces the garden with an air of timeless elegance, showcasing large, full blooms with incurving petals of pure white. Notably, the petals reveal a delicate lemony green base, adding a touch of refinement to this historic variety. At a majestic final height of around 90cm, 'Duchesse De Nemours' commands attention with its stately form and lavish blossoms. The pristine white petals surround a tufted golden center, creating a captivating display reminiscent of a bygone era's opulence. The dark green, finely cut foliage serves as a majestic backdrop, accentuating the aristocratic beauty of the blooms. Renowned as one of the most free-flowering peonies, 'Duchesse De Nemours' generously graces the garden with its regal presence. Beyond its visual appeal, this historic peony is highly scented, filling the air with a sweet fragrance. 'Duchesse De Nemours' Peony not only embodies botanical aristocracy but also harmonises effortlessly with companion plants such as Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Alliums, and Baptisia's.

Planting Conditions

Ensuring a splendid display of Peony 'Duchesse De Nemours' involves thoughtful planting. Plant at the right depth, with peony eyes no more than 3cm below the surface to promote abundant flowering. Improve drainage in heavy soil by incorporating sand or grit during planting. Choose a sheltered spot to guard against strong winds, preventing the top-heavy blooms from swaying. Additionally, consider using a protective cage to support the stem when the large blooms are in full splendour, ensuring these captivating Peonies stand tall and elegant in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Peony 'Duchesse De Nemours' involves a mindful approach to watering and feeding. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location with free-draining soil. To enhance drainage in heavy soil, we advise incorporating sand or grit during planting. Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells, providing gentle hydration without waterlogging as Peonies dislike wet roots. For feeding, apply a balanced fertiliser in early Spring to support robust growth and vibrant blooms. With this thoughtful care routine, your 'Duchesse De Nemours' Peonies will thrive, revealing their large captivating blooms and adding a touch of natural elegance to your garden.

General Care

Tending to Peony 'Duchesse De Nemours' involves a little attentive care. We suggest removing fading flowers promptly and, in Autumn, trim back the plant after the foliage has withered. Keep an eye out for potential challenges, such as leaf and bud eelworm, swift moth larvae in the soil, and be mindful of susceptibility to virus, honey fungus, Verticillium wilt, peony leaf blotch, and peony wilt. By addressing these considerations and removing issues swiftly, your 'Duchesse De Nemours' Peonies will be free to flourish, radiating long-lasting beauty in your garden while remaining healthy and vigorous.