Hong De-Yuan's new monograph of the popular genus Paeonia is a comprehensive taxonomic revision, based on extensive field observations, population sampling, and examination of more than 5,000 specimens. Detailed species descriptions are enhanced by 78 line drawings and 39 maps. This is an essential reference for taxonomists, growers, breeders, and horticulturalists. --
A richly illustrated source of information on the phylogeny and evolution of peonies. De-Yuan Hong's three-volume monograph of the popular genus Paeonia--more popularly known as peonies--is a comprehensive taxonomic revision based on extensive field observations, population sampling, and a thorough multidisciplinary examination of more than 5,000 specimens. This third and final volume is a rich source of information on the phylogeny and evolution of peonies, illustrated with two hundred photographs, line drawings, and maps, making it an essential reference for trained botanists and amateur gardening hobbyists alike.
This is first follow-up to the Garden Writer’s Guild Award-nominated Vintage Roses. This new title in Pavilion’s series of stylish floral gardening guides celebrates the beauty and versatility of the peony flower. Peonies have always been a favourite with gardeners and cut-flower fans alike, but in 2016 their popularity went beyond bridal bouquets as the blooms took over social media – their gramming power was so huge this year that by May, Elle UK had already crowned the flowers as ‘The New Avocado’. First outlining the history of the peony, Peonies is then split into chapters Pure, Dramatic, Romantic and Fragrant, and includes over 50 beautiful varieties as well as detailing when they bloom, their size, and, of course, what they'll look like. From Shawnee Chief to Sarah Bernhardt, you’ll discover an eclectic selection of specimens from those that have the best visual appearance to those with the most fragrant perfume. The final section, Growing and Care, outlines those varieties which are easiest to grow and which produce the best flowers for cutting. With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the beauty of the majestic peony.