If I had to choose a favourite perennial flower, it would be peonies for sure. They have just started to open this week and I love this deep pink shade.
The question most often asked about peonies is what the ants are doing. Well, they're just having a feast on the waxy substance covering the buds and don't harm the plants at all.
The most fragrant peony I have is not one of the pinks (I have several of this colour) but the white one that a friend gave me years ago from the farm where she lived. A piece of all of my peonies have travelled with me from the last house to where we live now.
It's not hard to tell that I favour the frilly double varieties.
The only problem with these is that after a rain they become so water logged and heavy that they tumble right over to the ground.
Single and semi doubles are not as prone to this problem and they are just as pretty. A good source for information on peonies is the Canadian Peony Society.
Peonies are a good choice for a cut flower and perfume the air with their sweet fragrance.