I realize that I recently wrote about our Peony ‘Snow Swan’, but now that it is coming into full bloom I felt compelled to do a little brag post with more pictures. Also I have a few more bits of information to share about this Peony cultivar.
As I think was already mentioned, this is ‘Snow Swan’s’ best year ever. Sitting on a sunny corner of the Parkway Bed, it is a favorite with passing dogwalkers and parents with young children. Some people, including Judy, claim it is mildly fragrant. But I myself cannot detect any scent.
This is actually two plants. The one facing west starts blooming first.
‘Snow Swan’ was developed by Song Sparrow Nursery in Wisconsin. Sadly, they went out of business last year. I don’t know of any retailers who are selling it these days.
This year I realized that Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa) makes a nice companion for ‘Snow Swan’. The yellow flowers nicely complement the golden centers of the Peony. The Baptisia was an impulse purchase and I planted it too close to ‘Snow Swan’, which may create problems in the future. But for now I like how these two look together.
For me this Peony’s simple, creamy-white blooms with golden centers are irresistible. With Song Sparrow out of business, I hope it doesn’t disappear from the marketplace. Regardless, it will continue to be my favorite Peony.