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My Peony Is Healthy And Has Lots Of Blooms But…

Jean Asked

My peony is healthy and has lots of blooms but no wonderful smell. It’s pink and a plant I got from an old home place. Why is there on smell?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Jean: There are certain varieties of Peonies that are more fragrant than others. As flowers open they are the most fragrant, and as they fade so does the aroma. Moving a peony from one location to another would not cause it to lose its scent. Flowers smell the way they do because of the genetic makeup of the particular plant and changing the environment should not subdue the fragrance. Is it possible that there were several different peonies planted in the same space, and when you transplanted yours it was not the same one you smelled? They are wonderful long-lived plants and even though yours does not have the scent you remembered, it is still a great addition to the garden.

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