An early-blooming semidouble whose deep coral buds open to form glowing chalices of a smooth coral peach. Against the deep green foliage, this color could hardly be more attractive. Plant 'Coral Charm' with whites, but not strong pinks or reds. Winner of the American Peony Society's Gold Medal in 1986.
Peonies produce their extravagant display every year, regardless of weather, because they are among the most durable and longest-lived plants. They have no natural enemies, no exacting cultural requirements beyond full sun and neutral to slightly sweet soil, and they shrug off cold. After bloom is complete, you are left with a handsome mound of glossy, deep green foliage that will happily anchor the next sequence of bloom in the neighborhood. Finally, Peonies make superior cut flowers, lasting more than a week if cut in full bud.