Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Sweetly scented with pale-pink flowers, this is favoured by commercial cut flower producers. It's very productive and reliable and has good disease resistance and a good vase life. More
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Sweetly scented with pale-pink flowers, this is favoured by commercial cut flower producers. It's very productive and reliable and has good disease resistance and a good vase life.

Once they've got themselves established, there are few more magnificent garden plants and cut flowers than peonies. Their season may be quite short, but if you have room in your garden, you have to include them.

They are the most luscious of all cut flowers, particularly when they're scented – like many of these. Kept cool, they should last at least two weeks in a vase.

Genus Paeonia
Variety Sarah Bernhardt
Type Herbaceous Perennial Shrub
Common Name Peony
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 2/3
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing Spread of 80cm (32in). Plant crowns just below the surface with resting buds no more than 3cm below the soil. You'll want clumps of 3 to 4 to give you enough for cutting.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Ideally, plant bare-root peonies while the soil is still warm in the autumn, or as it warms up in the spring. Container-grown plants can be planted at any time. Peonies prefer heavier soils (but not waterlogged), in a sunny or lightly shaded position. Mix plenty of organic matter into the planting hole and add grit on very heavy soils. Don’t plant too deep. The eyes of the peony roots should be no more than 3-5cm below the soil surface. Any deeper and they may not flower well. For the same reason, avoid mulching as this will gradually bury the crown. Herbaceous peonies are fine in a pot for a few years but their large root system will ultimately outgrow it. Shield from sun and use a soil-based compost with extra grit and lime.
Care Tips In early spring apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch with well-rotted compost, avoid burying crown. Dead-head after flowering. Will not flower in its first year. Divide large plants in autumn, remove sections of the crown with at least three dormant growth buds each and roots attached. You may need to stake. Only take 1 or 2 stems from a plant for cutting. For a full guide to growing peonies see our advice pages.
Flowering June - July
Vase Life They must be put in water straight away after picking. Pick in bud or full flower. They may last 2 weeks if water is kept clean.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Rose

I definitely did not get the peony I ordered! Ended up with a deep reddish colour which I was not expecting (thought Sarah Bernhardt was a pale pink)

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lisa

Lovely Peonies, really happy

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Cheryl

Arrived in timely manner, and all in good condition, now planted in garden and blooming lovely

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Carol

Service, plants and delivery have been excellent.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Verity

Not put on much growth this year. Will have to wait and see. Not hopeful based on quality of everything else

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Anne

Given as a gift but has yet to flower.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Coral

I have always been very satisfied with the service I have received from your company. I have been advised how the orders will arrive and when. Whilst not all the plants have survived that is more because of our inexperience of gardening rather than the quality of products sent to us. Our bulb show this year was spectacular so much so that we are planning on ordering more when the catalogue arrives and opening our garden in the spring to help raise some much needed church funds.

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Reviewed 29th November 2018 by Sarah

These nerines flowered this autumn which is a success for me, and they therefore get 5 stars !

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Reviewed 26th November 2018 by Lesley

I am looking forward to flowers this year.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Fay

Excellent products and quick delivery

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Susan

I bought 2 Peonies and only open grew and that one was only one small shoot. I also bought some Dahlias and only one grew but did not flower.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Ela

Same as above with the other peony

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Sue

Service was good but as for the purchase very disappointed

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Peonies and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Louise

Well - if I'd paid attention to the planting instructions - it might have survived. As it is I think I was the cause of it's demise. :-(

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Karen

These were good young plants and are now settled well and hoping for some flowers next year

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jacqueline

This is growing well in the ground

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Barbara

The plant actually did not survive, was not good when received and did not do well then died completely

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018