Peonies forum: Favorite Foliage

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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Lalambchop1
Sep 21, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Hi Peony People!
I am designing a new bed and would like to get my first peonies but have read that the foliage gets ratty looking towards fall. I don't want to feature them if they're going to look bad for a long time. Please suggest your favorites for pretty fall foliage (if there are any). Confused

Thanks!
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 21, 2016 9:00 PM CST
I think most Itoh's foliage stays looking nice for longer than any of my herbaceous peonies. My herbaceous always look pretty ratty by this time....you should check out the Southern Peony Blog, she lives in your state and I remember one of her posts was specifically about nice fall foliage--you'll be getting recommendations from a local in that instance! Here's that post from Oct 2015---http://www.southernpeony.com/2015/10/2015-beautiful-fall-peony-foliage-colors.html
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
"As for me and my house, we will se
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Keeps Sheep Daylilies Irises Hostas Hybridizer
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Lalambchop1
Sep 22, 2016 9:56 AM CST
Thank you!
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 23, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Looking out in my garden right now, the one peony with the nicest foliage is Bartzella. Still nice and green. I will take a current pic and upload.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
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AlexUnder
Sep 23, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I, on other hand, is not big fan of Itoh foliage. They tend to develop mildew in the fall over here - may be because they are not full sun. Also Itoh fall colors IMHO are not that great. My pink NOID is outstanding with fall foliage though - burgundy without any browns and it is mostly shaded anyway. I will take some pics once it starts to change for the fall.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 23, 2016 4:24 PM CST
Here is Bartzella taken today at 5:30PM.

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All of my other itohs foliage are either starting to brown or have mildew on them. All of my herbaceous peonies foliage are also showing mildew or browning or yellowing, basically not looking very nice at this time of year. The only one herbaceous peony that has had nice foliage in the past years has been Sandra Marie. I don't have a pic of its foliage this year. I had to move it earlier this month so I had to cut off its foliage.
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
"As for me and my house, we will se
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Keeps Sheep Daylilies Irises Hostas Hybridizer
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Lalambchop1
Sep 23, 2016 5:35 PM CST
Karen, that looks great.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

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