‘Rubra Plena’ is a glorious traditional Peony blessed with the deepest, crimson-red, double blossoms that have little rosettes of frilly petals. It has beautifully scented, full and luxurious blooms in the traditional cottage peony way. This is a species known to Europeans since the middle ages; in the U.S. it’s known as the ‘Memorial Day Peony’; one of the essentials carried out west in the covered wagons. An ever-popular peony spotted quite frequently alongside old farm properties that are very hardy, strong and compact. Very well known, and just as popular today as it ever has been.
The Peony is an extremely long-lived, hardy, shrub-like plant. Once they’re established, they’re as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year. The spreading clumps form hedges. Excellent cut flower. Peonies are a standard of the perennial border, both as specimens and in groups. Also effective as accents or herbaceous hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls. Flowers are extremely showy, and foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, either alone or as a frame or backdrop for other flowering perennials. Often thought of as a plant used on the farm or out in the country, they bring a little bit of that country feeling to your garden. It is not uncommon to see peonies planted in a mass.