Pink and white peonies


Compare peony types, including tree peonies, herbaceous peonies and Itoh peonies By Sarah Hutchinson; Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo


The American Peony Society has over 6500 cultivars in their registry. Within all this variety, there are three common types of peonies: tree peonies, herbaceous peonies and Itoh peonies. Here’s a comparison:


TREE PEONIES (Paeonia suffruticosa)

Zones: 4-9
Bloom time: April-May
Exposure: Light shade during the heat of midday
Planting depth: 4 to 6 inches below ground level
Fast Facts:

  • Woody shrubs native to China
  • Stems stay above ground all year
  • Enormous flowers (up to 7 or even 10 inches across)
  • Handsome foliage — deep green in summer, bronze and purple in autumn
  • Don’t like to be moved
  • A mature plant can be 4 to 7 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide
  • Grow about 6 inches per year

‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’.


Zones: 2-8
Bloom time: May-June
Exposure: 5-6 hours of full sun per day
Planting depth: ½” in warm zones; 2” in cool zones
Fast Facts:

  • Can flourish and flower in the same spot for 50 years or more
  • Stems die back to the ground each winter and reemerge in spring
  • Low maintenance
  • Require little water
  • Naturally resist most pests
  • Aren’t bothered by deer
  • 30+ species including Paeonia officinalis and Paeonia lactiflora
  • Need little fertilizer when grown in rich soil
  • Require good drainage

‘Garden Treasure’


Zones: 4-9
Bloom time: June
Exposure: 5-6 hours of full sun per day
Planting depth: ½” in warm zones, 1 ½” in cooler zones
Fast Facts:

  • Hybrid plants that blend the perennial habit of herbaceous peonies with the sturdiness, giant flowers, and color range of tree peonies
  • Herbaceous in nature, dying back to the ground when winter comes
  • Attractive foliage through summer and into fall
  • Good at the front of the border because they are shorter than tree and herbaceous peonies
  • Showy and don’t need staking

Climate considerations

Your climate may dictate which type of peony you should grow. Use the following information to determine which peonies will grow best in your garden.

  • Herbaceous peonies need a certain amount of cold weather to flower. Southern gardeners should favor early bloomers.
  • Tree peonies don’t demand below-freezing temperatures, but do require a dormancy period. In regions where winter is a nonevent, dormancy can be forced by trimming off the leaves.
  • Intersectional peonies, which die back to the ground when winter comes, can be hardier than tree peonies and are more tolerant of heat and humidity.

Which type of peony blooms the longest?

If you’re looking for an extended bloom season, Intersectional peonies can produce flowers for a period of 3 to 4 weeks, with as many as 30 to 50 blossoms per plant. The blooms of a tree peony, if protected from the hot afternoon sun, can last as long as 14 days. Herbaceous peonies bloom for an average of 7-10 days depending on the cultivar.

Flower forms

Peonies are further classified by their flower form. Some types of peonies have a single ring of petals, while other types have multiple rows of petals. Here is a list of the different types of flower forms:

  • Single
  • Japanese
  • Anemone
  • Semi-double
  • Full double
  • Bombs

Types of Hydrangeas

Peony—the flower that captivates gardeners (amateurs included!) and floods your social media feeds for most of June and July. The good news is that peonies thrive all over Canada and are super easy to care for. Our gardening expert Sarah Nixon has chosen 10 beautiful peony varieties to get you inspired for ‘grammable blooms this season. (Here’s how to plant and care for them.)


Top 10 peony varieties and how to care for themPhoto, @bloomerssf/Instagram.

Coral Charm

These herbaceous beauties get their name from their striking colour. Often used in wedding bouquets, Coral Charms are early bloomers (around June) and open to reveal a peach centre. They are referred to as a “semi-double peony” because of their multiple row of petals.

Sarah Nixon is an urban flower farmer and floral designer in Toronto. Since 2002 her flower company, My Luscious Backyard, has sustainably grown over 50 varieties of cut flowers in a micro-farm arising in many residential yards in Toronto’s downtown west side.

Originally published June 2018; Updated May 2019.

Types Of Pink Peonies: Growing Pink Peony Plants In Gardens

There are few flowers that are as romantic and pretty as a pink peony. Even if you are a fan of this popular perennial, you may not have realized that there are several varieties of pink peony flowers. From bright pink to pale, almost white pink, and everything in between, you have your choice of pink peonies.

About Growing Pink Peony Plants

Peonies are large and showy flowers that grow on small shrubs with attractive green foliage. There are two main types: an herbaceous peony dies back each year, while a tree peony has woody stems that remain even while the leaves drop in the fall. Both types produce similar flowers, with many varieties in pink.

To grow peonies in the garden, make sure they get about six hours of sunlight per day and soil that is neutral to slightly acidic. It is best to plant these shrubs in the fall and to water deeply every week until the roots have become established. Use a fertilizer in early spring. Cut flowers off when they are spent and cut back stems on herbaceous peonies in the fall but not those on tree peonies.

Pink Peony Varieties

Growing pink peony plants isn’t difficult, especially once you get them established in the garden. Here are some of the most striking of the pink peonies:

  • Big Ben. This variety produces extra-large flowers that are a deep and rich dark pink in color.
  • Angel Cheeks. The flowers on this peony are the palest pink with a double-bloom form.
  • Bowl of Beauty. As the name suggests, these blooms are bowl-shaped with darker pink petals on the outside and a cream to white center.
  • Blaze. Blaze is striking with two to three rows of bright pinkish red petals and a cluster of yellow stamens in the center.
  • Candy Stripe. For a pattern on your pink peony, try Candy Stripe. The flowers are double-bomb in form and the petals are white streaked with magenta.
  • Do Tell. This flower has a few rows of pale pink, almost white, petals surrounding a cluster of magenta in the center.
  • Fairy’s Petticoat. For a large, highly ruffled peony, choose this one. The color is pale to medium light pink.
  • Gay Paree. One of the showiest of pink peonies, Gay Paree, has bright pink outer petals and a pale pink to cream cluster of ruffled petals inside.
  • Myrtle Gentry. This peony will give you a stunning bloom with an outstanding fragrance. The flowers are pale pink and rose-shaped, fading to white with age.

Below you can find a list of colors with names. Included are color names for yellow, orange, red, pink, violet, blue, green, brown and gray colors. For full list of color names please see the attached poster or scroll down for individual colors.


Yellow Color Names

Mellow yellow, Cyber yellow, Royal yellow, Banana yellow, Tuscany yellow, Lemon yellow, Bumblebee yellow, Cream yellow, Peach yellow, Laguna yellow, Mustard yellow, Corn yellow, Pineapple yellow, Flaxen yellow, Eggnog yellow, Trombone yellow, Flax yellow, Ecru yellow, Sepia yellow

Orange Color Names

Gold orange, Goldenrod orange, Pumpkin orange, Fire orange, Ochre orange, Burnt orange, Dijon orange, Tangerine orange, Tiger orange, Honey orange, Carrot orange, Amber orange, Apricot orange, Bronze orange, Cider orange, Clay orange, Rust orange, Amber orange, Spice orange.

Red Color Names

Salmon red, Scarlet red, Barn red, Imperial red, Indian red, Chili red, Fire brick Red, Maroon red, Redwood red, Raspberry red, Candy apple red, Ferrari red, Persian red, US Flag red, Carmine red, Burgundy red, Crimson red, Sangria red, Mahogany red.

Pink Color Names

Violet Color Names

Hibiscus violet, Mauve violet, Fandango violet,

Lavender violet, Orchid violet, Lilac violet, Electric violet, African violet, Grape violet, Amethyst violet, Byzantine violet, Helio Violet, Floral violet, Thistle violet,, Orchid violet, Plum violet, Eggplant violet, Lollipop violet, Royal violet, Mulberry violet

Blue Color Names

Yale blue, Pigeon blue, Sky blue, Independence blue, Air force blue, Baby blue, Navy blue, Steel blue, Carolina blue, Turkish blue, Maybe blue, Cornflower blue, Olympic blue, Sapphire blue, Azure blue, Egyptian blue, Denim blue, Prussian blue, Space blue.

Green Color Names

Forest green, Sage green, Olive green, Lime green, Hunter green, Jade green, Artichoke green, Fern green, Jungle green, Laurel green, Moss green, Mint green, Pine green, Tea green, Army green, Emerald green, Kelly green, Sacramento green, Sea green

Brown Color Names

Cedar brown, Cinnamon brown, Brunette brown, Mocha brown, Umber brown, Tortilla brown, Chocolate brown, Syrup brown, Gingerbread brown, Caramel brown, Walnut brown, Pecan brown, Wood brown, Hickory brown, Espresso brown, Peanut brown, Tawny brown, Coffee brown, Russet brown.

Gray Color Names

Shades Of Pink Color Names

Pink, the color of happiness as we know it is also the color of unconditional love. So the depth of every color is vast and it depends on the perspective. Now again if you go to the technical part, if we ask you which are the two colors that make pink? Yes, the answer is really easy and most of all can say that it is Red and White. Now if we ask how many parts of red and how many parts of white makes pink, it will be really complicated for many of us. And yes the answer is it depends on shades. But now if you want to know about various Shades Of Pink Color Names, go through this article.

While you are trying to explore the color pink, you will have to know that there is a huge list of the shade of pink like we have already told you about the shades of blue color names. So, it’s really hard to complete it in a single article. But here we will be talking about the 30 most popular shades and we are going to start that now.

Hot Pink:

Yes this one is really hot and warm. It is a very passionate shade of pink and is loaded with full of warmth, joy, and love.

Pink Lace:

This is a very pale tone of pink and is known to us since 2001. No, this color is very popular among the girls and especially this color is used in various kinds of women lingerie.

Piggy Pink:

Have you ever seen a pink pig? Yes obviously but that’s also a unique pink shade that was first found in pigs.

Baby Pink:

It is also a very light shade of pink and the first use of this color was traced in 1928. In popular western culture, a baby girl is represented by baby pink and a baby boy is represented with baby blue.

Cherry Blossom Pink:

If you know something about the Japanese culture, you already about the value of cherry blossom in their culture. Similarly, the beautiful color of cherry blossom is also very important among the Japanese.

Lavender Pink:

Lavender is a very popular flower and so its color. Sometimes this color is also called as Lavender Color and it is a hot favorite among the girls.

Carnation Pink:

This amazing pink shade was also formulated by Crayola in the year 1903 and it resembles the flower color of the carnation plant.

China Pink:

Though actually we don’t know why it is named after China, but this color was first introduced in the Plochere Color System.

Congo Pink:

This is the only shade in this list that has a great difference with the others. It is actually more orangeish tone and its first use was recorded in 1912.

Mexican Pink:

This color is always widely used in various kind of costumes and in the different form of arts. Mexican pink was popularized by Ramon Valdiosera, a cartoonist and fashion designer in the mid-1940s.

Light Pink:

Known as light pink but it is on the deeper tint of the pink color.

Fuchsia Pink:

This is a purplish shade of pink which is also known to us as fuchsia pink. The name fuchsia has been derived from the color of the flower of the fuchsia plant.

Blush Pink:

Blush pink is a very feminine shade of pale pink and are very much used in bridal costumes.

Watermelon Pink:

It is hard to think watermelon as pink and we mostly relate it with red. But there is no watermelon that doesn’t have pink in it. This color is also very popular in feminine costumes.

Ever wish you had a color thesaurus?

In search of more creative color names than the basic “red” or “blue?”

You’re in luck! I came across this cool color names infographic by Ingrid Sundberg. I know you love color, so I wanted to share it with you!

She’s come up with 20 different shades of white… as well as

  • 20 tans
  • 20 yellows
  • 20 oranges
  • 20 reds
  • 20 pinks
  • 20 purples
  • 20 blues
  • 20 greens
  • 20 browns
  • 20 grays
  • and 20 blacks – or names for black, anyway! Most appear to be the same inky hue.

240 colors and names in all!

Ingrid has purple hair – or perhaps I should say amethyst! She’s a YA writer and children’s book illustrator who says:

One of my ongoing word collections is of colors. I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow. Having a variety of color names at my fingertips helps me to create specificity in my writing. I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the color of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.

From The Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg.

So let’s get evocative with these creative color names!

20 best color names for white

  1. white
  2. pearl
  3. alabaster
  4. snow
  5. ivory
  6. cream
  7. eggshell
  8. cotton
  9. chiffon
  10. salt
  11. lace
  12. coconut
  13. linen
  14. bone
  15. daisy
  16. powder
  17. frost
  18. porcelain
  19. parchment
  20. rice

20 color name ideas for tan

  1. tan
  2. beige
  3. macaroon
  4. hazelwood
  5. granola
  6. oat
  7. eggnog
  8. fawn
  9. sugar cookie
  10. sand
  11. sepia
  12. ltte
  13. oyster
  14. biscotti
  15. parmesan
  16. hazelnut
  17. sandcastle
  18. buttermilk
  19. sand dollar
  20. shortbread

20 fun color names for yellow

  1. yellow
  2. canary
  3. gold
  4. daffodil
  5. flaxen
  6. butter
  7. lemon
  8. mustard
  9. corn
  10. medallion
  11. dandelion
  12. fire
  13. bumblebee
  14. banana
  15. butterscotch
  16. dijon
  17. honey
  18. blonde
  19. pineapple
  20. tuscan sun

20 awesome color names for orange

  1. orange
  2. tangerine
  3. marigold
  4. cider
  5. rust
  6. ginger
  7. tiger
  8. fire
  9. bronze
  10. cantaloupe
  11. apricot
  12. clay
  13. honey
  14. carrot
  15. squash
  16. spice
  17. marmalade
  18. amber
  19. sandstone
  20. yam

20 great color names for red

  1. red
  2. cherry
  3. rose
  4. jam
  5. merlot
  6. garnet
  7. crimson
  8. ruby
  9. scarlet
  10. wine
  11. brick
  12. apple
  13. mahogany
  14. blood
  15. sangria
  16. berry
  17. currant
  18. blush
  19. candy
  20. lipstick

20 prettiest color names for pink

  1. pink
  2. rose
  3. fuchsia
  4. punch
  5. blush
  6. watermelon
  7. flamingo
  8. rouge
  9. salmon
  10. coral
  11. peach
  12. strawberry
  13. rosewood
  14. lemonade
  15. taffy
  16. bubblegum
  17. ballet slipper
  18. crepe
  19. magenta
  20. hot pink

20 sophisticated color names for purple

  1. purple
  2. mauve
  3. violet
  4. boysenberry
  5. lavender
  6. plum
  7. magenta
  8. lilac
  9. grape
  10. periwinkle
  11. sangria
  12. eggplant
  13. jam
  14. iris
  15. heather
  16. amethyst
  17. raisin
  18. orchid
  19. mulberry
  20. wine

Lots of baby names in this one! Mauve, Violet, Iris and Heather.

This is my favorite color panel! What’s yours?

READ: What Does Your Favorite Color Say About You?

20 cool color names for blue

  1. blue
  2. slate
  3. sky
  4. navy
  5. indigo
  6. cobalt
  7. teal
  8. ocean
  9. peacock
  10. azure
  11. cerulean
  12. lapis
  13. spruce
  14. stone
  15. aegean
  16. berry
  17. denim
  18. admiral
  19. sapphire
  20. arctic

20 funky color names for green

Some good baby names in here too! My granddaughter is named Fern 🙂

Other good names are Sage, Basil, and Olive.

  1. green
  2. chartreuse
  3. juniper
  4. sage
  5. lime
  6. fern
  7. olive
  8. emerald
  9. pear
  10. moss
  11. shamrock
  12. seafoam
  13. pine
  14. parakeet
  15. mint
  16. seaweed
  17. pickle
  18. pistachio
  19. basil
  20. crocodile

20 unique color names for brown

  1. brown
  2. coffee
  3. mocha
  4. peanut
  5. carob
  6. hickory
  7. wood
  8. pecan
  9. walnut
  10. caramel
  11. gingerbread
  12. syrup
  13. chocolate
  14. tortilla
  15. umber
  16. tawny
  17. brunette
  18. cinnamon
  19. penny
  20. cedar

20 elegant color names for gray

  1. grey
  2. shadow
  3. graphite
  4. iron
  5. pewter
  6. cloud
  7. silver
  8. smoke
  9. slate
  10. anchor
  11. ash
  12. porpoise
  13. dove
  14. fog
  15. flint
  16. charcoal
  17. pebble
  18. lead
  19. coin
  20. fossil

20 amazing color names for black

How’s your eye for color? These are definitely hard to differentiate!

  1. black
  2. ebony
  3. crow
  4. charcoal
  5. midnight
  6. ink
  7. raven
  8. oil
  9. grease
  10. onyx
  11. pitch
  12. soot
  13. sable
  14. jet black
  15. coal
  16. metal
  17. obsidian
  18. jade
  19. spider
  20. leather

Color names conclusion and resources

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This color thesaurus was originally published September 2015 and updated April 2019.

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