|Red single Peony on Forsythia Hill|
|Pale Pink Tree Peony, 50 + yrs old in Ted's Cville Garden|
Peonies are long lived, being recorded to live in flower beds for centuries. This Peony Garden article published by China Daily talks about plants over 100 years old and one 170 years old!
|Top competitor, My Grandmothers Primrose, 50 + yrs old|
Also long lived are Daffodils, Primrose, and Iris. I have some that my Grandmother planted 50+ years ago. I LOVE Dianthus and at one time collected it but they don't make it from year to year in my garden. Store away a little seed each year, from non-hybrids, to ensure you have a backup plan if they peter out.
|Climbing Rose, Seven Sisters, on my trellis on Forsythia Hill|
Roses are breathtaking and I have several, but once again, it all depends on the type of Rose as to its longevity. I tend to go for Climbers, Grandiflora, or Rugosa as for me they are easy to grow and require only pruning to keep alive and happy. Generally, if it does not have a glorious scent then I am not interested.
|Faithful perennial Hibiscus, stunning in its own right|
|This Double Peony head is heavy and will kiss the ground|
I don't have any Tree Peonies because they are so ungodly expensive but hopefully one day someone will want to share!
|Glorious Single Hot Pink Peony on Forsythia Hill|
What can outshine a faithful plant that returns each year, blooms its head off, and provides such delight. I would love to know!