Coral colored peonies are simply breathtaking. 'Coral Sunset' peony (Wissing/C. Klehm, 1965) displays a range of hues from deep coral to soft apricot yellow. Upon opening, the semi-double flowers have a rich coral color with orange undertones. Cloud cover during bud stage and upon opening will intensify the colors. As it blooms, it shows off many blends of coral, orange, apricot and yellow, each color softening as the flower ages. Toward the end of its bloom, it lightens to a soft yellow.
These early mid-season peonies are wonderful cut flowers and landscape peonies. When placed in display with over 100 different peony varieties, these ones will be the show stoppers.
The American Peony Society awarded it the Gold Medal in 2003 and with it's nice growth habitat and strong stems, it was also bestowed with their Award of Landscape Merit in 2009. I particularly like the foliage of Coral Sunset (and many of the coral peonies), as the veined leaves are quite lovely. This hybrid peony grows about 34" tall and multiplies nicely in the garden. One can never have enough Coral Sunset peonies.
All of these photos are of Coral Sunset peonies at varying stages of bloom.