Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'
Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'

Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'

Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn'

1 bare root — £12.50

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Description

Every garden should possess a good number of pink-flowering plants—it should be made law! And Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn' is one of the best for this. An upright-growing, bushy perennial Lactiflora peony, it has gorgeous dissected dark green foliage, tinged red in spring. In early summer, stiff, upright stems hold the many showy, spicily scented, double saucer-shaped flowers, and they are really pink! The buds of Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn' form in a darkish pink, then open to a blush rose-pink. As the flower ages, the petals become paler, so they become almost white, but retaining a hint of pink in the centre. When the flower is in its final stages, it suddenly reveals its central boss of golden stamens.  

Set Paeonia lactiflora 'Catharina Fontijn' in a bed or border in either full sun or partial shade. Any fertile, moist, well-drained soil will do.  

Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn' is a traditional classic Dutch-bred garden peony with large and highly impressive, sweetly-scented blooms. The flowers are long-lasting, too, making them ideal for cutting and bringing indoors. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Paeonia lactiflora 'Catharina Fontijn'

  • Flower colour

    White, cream, pink

  • Plant size

    3/5 Eyes

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Plant spacing

    3 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun, Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cut flower gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Clay
    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Paeonia 'Catharina Fontijn' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Peonies in 1 minute

Peonies like deep, fertile and moist soil with good drainage, and your peony bare roots should be planted in sunny locations where they are sheltered from the wind. The glossy green foliage of Paeonia lasts all summer long, changing to a purplish gold colour in autumn.

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