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Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’


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June - August
100cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy
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Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is a star in the Peony world, captivating with an award-winning performance. Named after the 19th-century French actress, this variety steals the show in Spring, presenting an abundance of huge, pale pink flowers. The sweetly scented blooms add an extra sensory delight. With dark green leaves enduring until Autumn, this proven performer is a popular choice for any garden, ensuring an unforgettable display.

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Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt,' a true star in the Peony world, lives up to its name with an award-winning performance that captures the essence of the 19th-century French actress. As Spring unfolds, this beloved variety takes centre stage in your garden, producing an abundance of massive, pale rose-pink flowers with ruffled inner petals that command attention. Named after the legendary actress, this Peony offers a captivating display that is both visually stunning and fragrant. The dark green leaves provide a beautifully contrasting backdrop, enhancing the overall enticement of the plant from Spring right through until Autumn. Known for its proven performance, Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' is a popular choice for gardeners seeking a reliable and show-stopping perennial. Whether gracing a special occasion or filling a space in the garden, this experienced performer never fails to impress. Just like a fine wine, Peonies improve with age, yielding more spectacular blooms as they mature. Investing in Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' ensures a garden is adorned with long-lasting beauty and fragrance that lasts year after year. We highly recommend this perennial for gifting a long-enduring special gift that provides excellent cut flowers.

Planting Conditions

Ensuring a splendid display of Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' 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 'Sarah Bernhardt' 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 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peonies will thrive, revealing their large captivating blooms and adding a touch of natural elegance to your garden.

General Care

Tending to Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' 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 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peonies will be free to flourish, radiating long-lasting beauty in your garden while remaining healthy and vigorous.