One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herbaceous or shrubby plant of north temperate regions, which has long been cultivated for its showy flowers.
Genus Paeonia, family Paeoniaceae
- ‘Common bulbs planted in the fall for the spring are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, crocuses and perennials such as peonies, daylilies, hostas, and coral-bells.’
- ‘Bamboo is considered to enjoy a high status among all plants, although the peony is the national flower.’
- ‘Their favourite was the rose, followed by hellebores, peonies, clematis, magnolias, lilies, euphorbias, primulas, snowdrops, geraniums.’
- ‘Anemones, chrysanthemums, marigolds, pansies, peonies, and roses are best suited to microwave drying, but small, finely textured or delicate flowers are not.’
- ‘Other gardeners prefer to interplant them with spring flowers such as columbines, daisies, dianthus, Iceland poppies, lupines, and peonies.’
- ‘Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like peonies and delphiniums.’
- ‘It is dominated by hostas, peonies, campanula, and daylilies but holds a wealth of perennials and self-sowing annuals.’
- ‘Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of perennials, including campanulas, daylilies, hostas, peonies, sedums, and Shasta daisies.’
- ‘In the perennial border, a shrublet is the plant that's always in bloom, providing a wonderful contrast with peonies in the spring, delphinium in midsummer, and phlox in late summer.’
- ‘Plants like peonies, poppies, and irises should also be planted in the fall season.’
- ‘The herbaceous peonies include five general flower types: single, semi-double, Japanese, anemone and double flowering.’
- ‘These are excellent to recycle as stakes for peas or for plants with heavy blooms such as double peonies.’
- ‘Other favorite flowers are pussy willow, azalea, peony and water lily or narcissus.’
- ‘Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.’
- ‘He purchased and planted about 1,000 herbaceous peonies and planted them in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he leased land from his brother-in-law.’
- ‘As with herbaceous peonies, tree peonies are long-lived and resent being transplanted, so you should choose their locations with care.’
- ‘In summer, traditional perennials take over, and peonies, irises and hemerocallis fill the flowery brook.’
- ‘Tree peonies, magnolias, pagoda dogwood and flowering crab trees accompany roses planted by color in an informal style.’
- ‘Begin to stake early-flowering herbaceous plants, such as peonies, that are inclined to flop over following rain and strong winds.’
- ‘And although feeding calves is now a thing of the past, she has made sure to keep her hand in in the garden with its deep beds of rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and other flowering shrubs.’
Old English peonie, via Latin from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn, the name of the physician of the gods.
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