Monrovia Plant Savvy
design, inspiration and practical ideas from the plant experts. April 2011
Peonies from heaven
  If you like Peonies, you’re going to love our new Itoh Peonies -- named for Toichi Itoh who was the first to successfully cross a tree Peony with an herbaceous or garden Peony. The result? A hybrid that features the colorful and exotic flowers of tree Peonies, with the perennial growing cycle of herbaceous Peonies. Also known as intersectional hybrids, Itoh Peonies tend to resemble tree varieties, with a domed, vigorous growth habit and large double flowers with disease-resistant lacy, dark green foliage. Once established, they have an extended blooming period, with as many as 50 blooms in a single season due to their ability to produce primary and secondary buds. They offer an increased color range, greater vigor and excellent resistance to Peony blight (botrytis paeoniae).

Monrovia has recently introduced some outstanding varieties, Keiko (adored) and Yumi (beauty), were introduced last year; and Takara (treasure) and Misaka (beautiful blossom), will arrive in independent garden centers in time for Mother’s Day. The Japanese names reflect both the country of origin and their stunning beauty.

  Plant your Itoh Peonies in a sunny spot and these easy-to-grow gems will amaze and delight.
Plant your Itoh Peonies in a sunny spot and these easy-to-grow gems will amaze and delight.
our newest introductions
  Takara™  Itoh Peony  leafgif   Takara = treasure

Takara has large flowers, up to six inches across, in an exquisite, ever-changing blend of colors. When opening, the blooms appear mostly pink, but are actually light yellow and heavily flushed with deep lavender pink. As flowers mature, the pink and yellow fades to pale white, faintly tinged with pink, with a large dark burgundy flare in the center. Blooms appear early May through end of June. Finely cut, dark green foliage and a rounded form to three feet tall and wide, make this an excellent landscape plant.

  Misaka™ (Beautiful Blossom) Itoh Peony

leafgif   Misaka = beautiful blossom

Misaka features large flowers that appear orange when first opening -- rare among intersectional hybrids - fading to a beautiful, peachy-yellow in full sun. Large contrasting dark-red central flares are extremely prominent. Its heavy flowering is due to its higher than average number of secondary buds. This new cultivar has a vigorous growth habit with narrow finely cut foliage that is disease resistant.
  Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony

leafgif   Keiko = adored

Keiko was introduced last year as 'Pink Double Dandy'. Its large, semi-double to double flowers measure up to six inches and are held on strong stems above a compact mound of 24 to 30 inches tall and wide, dark green foliage. As the flower matures, the dark lavender-pink petals slowly fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in its center. The flower is lightly fragrant.

  Yumi™ ITOH PEONY leafgif   Yumi = beauty

Yumi was introduced last year as 'Yellow Doodle Dandy'. Her large, double flower, measuring seven to eight inches, is spectacular: masses of clear yellow petals form a perfect flower with a light and very pleasant fragrance. Blooms are held on strong stems just above a compact mound of dark green, trouble-free foliage.