Itoh peonies in focus: More Itoh peony hybrids from my garden

Welcome back, peony enthusiasts! More Itoh peonies from my garden!

If you’re captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of Itoh peonies, you’re in for a delightful treat. I have previously explored the splendor of these horticultural marvels—aptly dubbed the best of two worlds, combining the hardiness of herbaceous peonies with the stature and blooms of tree peonies. My journey continues as I revisit their colorful brilliance during the late spring and early summer of 2023.

With the unfolding of sun-kissed days later this past year, my garden transformed into a vibrant canvas, week after week, adorned with the resplendent hues and intricate blooms of recently acquired or more mature intersectional peony hybrids, showcasing their exquisite flowers.

Join me on this visual escapade as I share captivating photos, capturing the essence of these extraordinary blooms in their full glory. Get ready to immerse yourself in a symphony of colors, shapes, and textures that define the unparalleled allure of Itoh peonies, also known as intersectional peonies. It’s a celebration of nature’s artistry, and you’re invited to witness the spectacle unfold through these never-before-shared photos from my garden!

Paeonia Itoh ‘Canary Brilliants’


Shining with many huge orangey flowers in its first year of blooming, ‘Canary Brilliants’ was a tiny potted plant when I acquired it in the spring of 2021. This is the proof that patience is the rule when it comes to peonies.

Close-up of ‘Canary Brilliants’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Hillary’

The peony ‘Hillary’ was my favorite of the year 2023. Its large, semi-double rosette flowers, displaying hues of raspberry and apricot that transition to cream as they mature, took my breath away for weeks.

Fluffiness of ‘Hillary’ blooms

Paeonia Itoh ‘Clouds of Colour’

Although this specimen needed to be relocated to a new border in the fall of 2022, it nonetheless produced many fragrant double blooms showcasing a lovely salmon-pink hue with a rosy pink center.

Peachy color for ‘Clouds of Colour’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Scarlet Heaven’

I am fortunate to own not one, but two ‘Scarlet Heaven’. This generously donated large plant, in its first spring, produced numerous blooms in a rich, dark velvety scarlet red with bright, golden-yellow anthers. Unfortunately, like most red intersectionals, its foliage develops brown spots later in the season.

Luscious red of ‘Scarlet Heaven’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Strawberry Crème Brûlée’

The pastel neon pink flowers of ‘Strawberry Crème Brûlée’ resemble large butterflies resting atop the tall, lush green plant.

Luminous is the right description of ‘Strawberry Crème Brûlée’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’

The 6-inch semi-double flowers, showcasing a distinctive pink hue, feature dark plum-colored flares at their center. The lateral buds extend the blooming period for up to 2-3 weeks on this 36-inch tall Itoh.

Vintage rose shade for ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Pastel Splendor’

The transformation of ‘Pastel Splendor’ is an enchanting display. Initially, the bud exhibits a lavender hue, gradually transitioning to a pink shade before blooming to reveal a ring of dark burgundy flares, culminating in a cream-colored flower.

Translucent, creamy ruffles of ‘Pastel Splendor’

Paeonia Itoh ‘Bartzella’

This ‘Bartzella’ specimen dates back to 2018, earning the title of my oldest Itoh peony. Each spring, it unfurls a magnificent display of 25-35 large, bright yellow semi-double flowers, encircling a perfectly formed plant. ‘Bartzella’ truly stands out as the ultimate Itoh to cultivate in any garden.

Paeonia ‘Sonoma Rosy Future’

‘Sonoma Rosy Future’ holds the promise of becoming a garden star! In its first year, it presented three magnificent single flowers, radiantly bright pink with darker flares at the center.

A few more Itoh peony blooms…

Here are a few more close-ups of the nearly 60 Itoh peonies I currently own, with many more specimens expected to bloom in the spring of 2024.

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