The Snow Swan and the Star of Persia
This is going to be a short post. I just want to tell you about my favorite Peony as well as a new Allium in our garden.
The Peony is ‘Snow Swan’, a hybrid developed by Roy Klehm of Song Sparrow Farm. When I say it is my favorite Peony, I have to admit that we only have 3 kinds. Still, I love the single ivory flowers with golden centers – simple and beautiful. Judy thinks the flowers are fragrant, but I haven’t noticed. The foliage holds up pretty well until fall.
Initially, I planted ‘Snow Swan’ in too much shade and it languished. Then I moved it to the sunnier Parkway Bed where it has come back strong. There are 2 plants – the larger had maybe half a dozen flowers last year. This year it’s got about 20.
‘Snow Swan’ is supposed to grow about 3 feet tall but I think ours is a little taller. I only wish I had planted it close to the center of the bed, rather than right along the sidewalk.
I mentioned Star of Persia (Allium christophii) in a recent post. Judy and I have wanted this bulb since we saw it blooming during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon. Big, loose flower heads made up of starry florets that are unusually large for an Allium.
I tucked the Star of Persia among the Daylillies (Hemerocallis) and Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum). This Allium grows 18-24 inches tall on thick, sturdy stems. I’m a bit concerned that the leaves will be too shaded by neighboring plants and this may impact the bulbs’ longevity. We’ll see, though.
The color of the florets could be described as amethyst or light purple with a silvery sheen. They have green eyes and anthers that are either purple or green.
Like other Alliums, this plant is attractive to bees and other pollinators. I think that’s a sweat bee in the photo above.
Do you have a favorite Allium or Peony?