Japanese Woodland Peony

This is a plant with great interest and subtle beauty for the shade garden — the Japanese Woodland Peony (Paeonia obovata). The flowers are delicate, single, pink and last only a short while. I’m glad I took this image before the rains because now they are gone. But this plant has more to offer, the foliage looks wonderful next to woodland companions such as hostas and ferns. And, come fall, the star-shaped, reddish seed pods burst forward with a dramatic display of dark seeds. My husband once called me out of the house to come see what was going on. “You have to see this,” he said. It’s that spectacular.

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