Peonies forum: Favorite red peonies

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 2, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Red Charm has been my favorite red for years, but... it has now been replaced! The Mackinac Grand is now supreme... based on its first flower to bloom! It is absolutely stunning! I just acquired this last fall, and I am very very pleased to have it.
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This shot is a small part of a very large clump, and yes, I do love Red Charm.

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The Mackinac Grand

What is your favorite red?
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jun 2, 2017 9:13 PM CST
I agree Mackinac Grand is a wonderful and vigorous red with very strong stems. It is one of my favorite reds for this year. Its performance was outstanding.

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Other favorite reds:

Red Red Rose
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Alexander Woollcott
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Double Fernleaf
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 2, 2017 9:58 PM CST
My favorite red is the red that's blooming in my garden at the time I'm asked!
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Jun 3, 2017 1:21 AM CST
Thanks a lot for sharing these beauties! Just stunning flowers! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 3, 2017 3:43 AM CST
LizinElizabeth said:My favorite red is the red that's blooming in my garden at the time I'm asked!


Liz-- I think that is a GREAT answer! I react that way especially for pinks... almost impossible to choose a favorite among them... maybe the one that is most fragrant?
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Jun 3, 2017 5:46 AM CST
I agree, Liz! I got Red Charm last year because everyone raved & such beautiful photos of it here. It didn't bloom this year, maybe next year though. I'm loving Red Red Rose, may have to get that one. A favorite in my garden is Lights Out with really dark red color.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jun 3, 2017 8:40 PM CST
Just want to add that Red Charm makes a great cut flower!
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 4, 2017 6:39 AM CST
I never even wanted Red Charm before I saw it in person. If you thought the pics were nice you'll be blown away by the flowers a mature plant puts out, alilyfan!
I think fragrance would probably be the thing that would make me have an absolute favorite red; seems most of mine don't have one. Anyone out there have a gorgeous AND fragrant red?
LizB
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Jun 5, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Paeonia 'Paul M Wild' is not to shabby...


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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Jun 5, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Or, how about a little red on red...

Japanese Peony 'Red Emperor'


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Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
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AlexUnder
Jun 5, 2017 6:42 PM CST
Old Faithful


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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 8, 2017 3:09 AM CST

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Old Faithful is gorgeous and a known great breeder.
Tracey
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jun 8, 2017 7:35 AM CST
My favourite red is Sword Dance. This one always performs beautifully for me.

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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 9, 2017 12:03 AM CST
Today it's Postillion. This peony has done very well for me, increasing nicely every year so far and stands up to the crazy weather we have like a champ.

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