The Q&A Archives: Camellia and peony blooming time

Question: I am planning to have extended blooming camellia. Currently, I have 4 camellia:1.Greensboro red 2. Blood of China 3. Winter star 4. Spring promise. In addtion to them, I want to buy 4 more camellia or peony. How I can make transition of blooming time from one to another? If I will arrange them well, I think seeing flowers from late summer or early fall to next early summer is possible. Please give me four more choices of camellia or peony. I don't know blooming time of current ones in my garden, but my nursery lady arranged them to bloom one to another. my zone is 7 , approximately 15 miles from Washignton DC.
I will be waiting for your answer with my excitement!!

Answer: Theoretically, peonies bloom over about a seven week period. Unfortunately there is no standardized classification system for which specific varieties would be early, mid, or late season bloomers. You might find the data from the following web site helpful however. The peony bloom project has tried to create a list of cultivars and show their bloom time in relation to the variety "Red Charm". Here is the general link to their site,

and the chart showing relative bloom times of the cultivars for which they have data so far.

You could compare the peonies you like to the dates on the list to make your selection.

Or, you could go back to the nursery and ask one of the professionally trained staff to make a selection for you from among the varieties they have in stock. There are so many lovely peonies on the market that you are sure to find a selection to help extend the bloom dates in your garden. Best of luck with your project!

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