41 of the Best Pink Peonies for Your Garden

If you enjoy peonies, I insist that you must have at least one pink variety in your garden.

It’s the classic color that most of us picture when we imagine the perfect peony. It’s the ideal color choice to highlight those elegant blossoms and evoke a sense of romance.

But pink isn’t just for adding sweetness to the flower garden. There is such a huge range of hues, from deep raspberry to salmon to shell pink.

Some peony flowers even sport a combination of hues, in stripes or spots. Gardeners with a penchant for drama will find plenty to choose from.

A close up horizontal image of pink peonies with dew drops on the petals.

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Whether you’re looking for something bold and bright or soft and sweet, you’ve got a million options. The biggest challenge is narrowing it down.

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with the different types of peony flowers, such as Japanese, bomb, and anemone, visit our guide to learn more.

We’ve got your back with 41 of the best pink peonies, from classic pastel beauties to bold stripey numbers. Here’s the list:

Unless noted otherwise, all peony plants in this list are cultivars of Paeonia lactiflora and all grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.

You can learn more about growing peonies in our guide.

In my opinion, the biggest downside to growing peonies is that the bloom period is heartbreakingly short. Most only perform for about a week.

To get around this, choose a few cultivars with different bloom times. We will note the bloom periods of each plant on this list.

If you choose an early, mid, and late-season bloomer, you could have flowers for weeks and weeks!

1. Abalone Pearl

‘Abalone Pearl’ is a cut flower-lover’s dream. This early bloomer produces heaps and heaps of flowers in late spring.

It’s one of the first herbaceous peonies to start flowering, and it also blooms for a long time, up to 10 days.

A close up horizontal image of 'Abalone Pearl' peony growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

As the cupped blossoms open, the gently curved, coral-pink petals reveal the golden interior.

The stems are strong enough to support the huge, 10-inch flowers, whether on the plant or in a cut flower arrangement.

The 32-inch tall plant was bred by Ohio plant breeder William H. Krekler in 1978.

2. Addie Tischler

There’s nothing wrong with being a late bloomer. Sometimes the best things in life take time.

In the late season, huge, seven-inch double blossoms emerge on thick, sturdy stems.

Despite being extremely heavy, with superabundant petals, the stems are strong enough to support the blooms.

The petals are the palest blush, so light that they almost look cream until you lean in for a whiff of the spicy floral scent. Up close, you can see the delicate pinkish color.

Bred by Robert and Archibald Tischler in 1987, ‘Addie Tischler’ reaches about 30 inches tall.

3. Apricot Whisper

This peony doesn’t scream with neon colors and ruffled petals, it’s far more subtle than that.

Bred by Roy Klehm in 1999 as a tribute to his father, Carl G. Klehm, it has seven-inch single blossoms in the sweetest, pale apricot pink punctuated by red stigmas.

The Klehms are prolific breeders and have created many of the most beloved hybrid peonies out there.

A close up square image of a single 'Apricot Whisper' peony flower growing in the garden pictured in bright sunshine.

‘Apricot Whisper’

The blooms cover the two-foot-tall shrub for a long time, and are sweetly fragrant. It’s enough to have you shouting for joy.

Add something sweet to your garden and grab one, three, or five bare roots from Eden Brothers.

4. Ballarena de Saval

A newer introduction to the peony world, ‘Ballarena de Saval’ is an Itoh intersectional hybrid introduced in 2001.

It was bred from P. lactiflora Seedling #52 and ‘Golden Era’ by Sonoma, California breeder Irene Tolomeo. She named it after her mother, Ballarena, not to be confused with the ballerina dancer.

The five-inch pastel lavender pink blossoms are punctuated by wine red at the base, highlighting the bright yellow stamens.

The long, open petals on the single flowers are mildly fragrant, made all the more intense by the sheer abundance of blooms on the shrub.

A square image of a single 'Ballerna de Saval' peony bloom pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Ballarena de Saval’

After the flowers have finished for the year, the deep green leaves provide interest, followed by red foliage in the fall.

If you can picture ‘Ballarena de Saval’ with its mid-season blossoms in your garden, snag one at Nature Hills Nursery.

5. Bowl of Beauty

Sometimes I wonder where on earth people came up with the names for their plants. And sometimes, it’s as plain as the nose on my face.

Take P. x ‘Bowl of Beauty,’ for example. It’s pretty obvious that the bright, hot pink outer guard petals act as a bowl holding the ruffled, creamy yellow inner petals, known as petaloids.

This is no dip bowl, either. The peony flowers are massive! More of a salad bowl at nearly a foot across. The plant itself can grow up to three feet tall and blooms late midseason.

A close up square image of a 'Bowl of Beauty' peony flower pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Bowl of Beauty’

This gem hit the market in 1949 after it was hybridized by Aart Hoogendoorn, a prolific plant breeder based out of Boskoop, the Netherlands.

Pop over to Nature Hills Nursery to purchase a ‘Bowl of Beauty’ for your space.

6. Butter Bowl

I know, with a name like ‘Butter Bowl,’ you’re probably imagining a yellow peony blossom.

But picture, instead, a decorative, fluted pink bowl cupping freshly churned butter. Now you’ve got the right idea.

The pink, cupped outer guard petals embrace ruffled, yellow inner petals on this six inch Japanese-style flower.

As the flowers age, the petals fade to a pastel hue. The plant itself grows to about 30 inches tall and is classified as a midseason bloomer.

A close up square image of a single 'Butter Bowl' peony flower pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Butter Bowl’

Reno Rosefield of Tigard, Oregon, bred this beauty in the 1940s, along with some other excellent hybrids such as ‘Moonglow’ and ‘Yosemite,’ and released ‘Butter Bowl’ in 1955.

If you can manage to keep the pollinators away long enough, go in for a deep inhale and enjoy the strong floral fragrance.

Nature Hills Nursery carries ‘Butter Bowl’ if you’d like to add this beauty to your garden.

7. Callie’s Memory

At first glance, you might not know how to categorize the color of ‘Callie’s Memory.’

Is it purple? Pink? Yellow? It’s all three. The heart of the blossoms are purple-red, and the petals are creamy yellow.

Throughout the picotee petals and especially at the edges are splotches of pinky-red and salmon.

A close up of the center of 'Callies Memory' peony flower growing in the garden.

‘Callie’s Memory’

The eight-inch blossoms appear in late midseason, and they last only a few days.

’Callie’s Memory’ was brought to us by noted Itoh breeder Roger F. Anderson of Wisconsin in 1999. He used ‘Martha W’ and a seedling called ‘SD19’ to create the 28-inch tall plant.

Bring the pollinators and the peony lovers to your garden with ‘Callie’s Memory.’

Find bare roots available at Nature Hills Nursery.

8. Candy Stripe

With red and white striped petals, ‘Candy Stripe’ is a sweet garden treat.

The double peony flowers emerge in midseason on a three-foot-tall plant. The bomb-type blossoms are thickly ruffled around a bright yellow center.

‘Candy Stripe’ was bred by R. F. Anderson from P. lactiflora ‘Minnie Shaylor’ and an unnamed seedling in 1981.

A close up square image of a pink and white 'Candy Stripe' peony flower pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Candy Stripe’

While most of the blossoms should stay upright on the moderately thick stems, some of the larger flowers, which can reach up to seven inches across, might need staking.

Hardy in Zones 3 to 8, you can add this peppermint-like pleasure to your garden by visiting Walmart to pick up bare roots.

9. Cincinnati

William H. Krekler, a prolific peony breeder in Sommerville, Ohio, brought us the colorful ‘Cincinnati’ in 1962.

Standing at three feet tall and covered in double, deep pink flowers with silver-edged petals, the herbaceous shrub calls attention to itself with large, six-inch wide blossoms.

A close up square image of bright pink 'Cincinnati' peony pictured in bright sunshine on a soft focus background.


For a little extra pop of color, the bright yellow stamens peek through the petals on this late midseason bloomer.

Whether you want a picture-perfect garden shrub or something for your cut flower garden, you can find ‘Cincinnati’ available at Nature Hills Nursery.

10. Coral Charm

It’s easy to be charmed by this peony as it’s one of the first to bloom in the spring, shoving winter out the door with its colorful cheer.

The semi-double blossoms are made up of coral peach outer petals that cup yellow-orange stamens.

That would be impressive enough, but the flowers can stretch up to eight inches across in the right conditions.

A square image of 'Coral Charm' peony flower pictured in bright sunshine with foliage in soft focus in the background.

‘Coral Charm’

As the petals age, they fade to a delicate ivory hue. The three-foot-tall shrub is extremely floriferous and has strong stems.

‘Coral Charm’ was created by breeder Samuel E. Wissing in 1964 using ‘Minnie Shaylor.’ It nabbed the American Peony Society Gold Medal in the same year.

Craving some early blooming charm? Bring home one, three or five roots from Eden Brothers.

11. Coral Fay

The five-inch, semi-double, fragrant, bright coral blossoms are just half the story of ‘Coral Fay.’

While many peony plants fail to impress once the flowers fade, the lacy, fern-like leaves of this cultivar add interest even after blooming.

A close up square image of a single 'Coral Fay' peony flower pictured in bright sunshine.

‘Coral Fay’

You can see the parental resemblance to ‘Laddie’ in its finely cut foliage and smooth petals embracing the golden inner stamens. The 30-inch shrub is extremely floriferous.

This plant was brought to us by Dr. David Reath of Reath’s Nursery in 1973 and is an early bloomer.

Pop over to Nature Hills Nursery to grab one of your own.

12. Coral Pom Pom

The early midseason bomb type peony ‘Coral Pom Pom’ is a showstopper.

The young flowers emerge in bright pink before fading to a sweet coral with darker pink edges. Each blossom can reach up to six inches across.

With an upright growth on a 34-inch shrub, the long stems are perfect for cutting, and the flowers can last up to 10 days in a vase.

The plant might need a little propping up as they open since they can be a little top-heavy.

13. Do Tell

If you are a fan of Japanese-type peony flowers, ‘Do Tell’ should top your list.

Bred by Edward Auten Jr. in 1946, it has wide, pale, orchid-pink outer petals surrounding narrow fuchsia petals (actually staminodes). It maintains its color even as it ages, with no fading.

A horizontal image of light pink 'Do Tell' peony flowers growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

Auten helped earn Princeville, Illinois, its reputation as a leading source of exceptional peonies. He bred over 300 named cultivars, many of which you can still find today.

The flowers can reach up to seven inches wide on a 32-inch tall plant, and each plant produces masses of blooms.

This early bloomer was awarded the American Peony Society’s Gold Medal in 2004.

14. Dr. Alexander Fleming

You’re looking at peony royalty, here. ‘Dr. Alexander Fleming’ is one of the most popular cultivars in the world.

Named for the Nobel-prize-winning Scottish microbiologist and physician who discovered the antibiotic penicillin.

A close up horizontal image of a 'Dr Alexander Fleming' pink peony growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

It was created in 1950 by a breeder named Blonk in the Netherlands from ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and ‘Bunker Hill.’

You can easily see the parental resemblance in the big, bold, double blossoms that are a few shades darker than the shell pink of ‘Sarah Bernhardt.’

The six-inch-wide, dark salmon pink blossoms have a heady fragrance, with long stems that make them perfect for cutting.

Nature Hills Nursery carries this classic late midseason beauty if he’s one you’d like to invite to your garden.

15. Etched Salmon

Bringing home the coveted American Peony Society Gold Medal in 2002 was the spectacular ‘Etched Salmon.’ The picture-perfect cupped double flowers are shell pink and rose gold.

The flat guard petals surround heavily ruffled interior petals on a six-inch blossom that is faintly fragrant, with a hint of mint.

A square image of a pink 'Etched Salmon' peony bloom pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Etched Salmon’

The three-foot shrub is a midseason bloomer and has long, strong stems, which makes them perfect for cut flowers.

It was bred by Lyman Cousins and Roy Klehm in 1981 and has had a loyal following ever since. Join the club and pick up one or three bare roots at Eden Brothers.

16. Felix Crousse

‘Felix Crousse’ is a classic French type peony that has been around since 1881, filling gardens with huge, bold, raspberry-pink double blossoms in late midseason.

Each six-inch head is packed with ruffled petals tipped in silver.

While the fragrant flowers are marvelous in the garden, the strong stems lend themselves to cutting and the flowers can last over a week in a vase.

A square image of a bright pink 'Felix Crousse' peonies growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Felix Crousse’

The three foot tall plant, bred by well-known breeder Felix Crousse in Nancy, France, is extremely vigorous.

Anyone who loves bright colors needs a ‘Felix Crousse’ in their garden. Get yours at Fast Growing Trees.

17. First Arrival

‘First Arrival’ is consistently at the top of many peony lovers’ lists. This Itoh flowers in midseason for up to four weeks, and boy are the blossoms impressive.

It’s one of the first Itoh peonies to bloom, and when it does, you’ll be treated to lavender-pink, semi-double blossoms that can be up to eight inches across.

Each petal has a reddish-purple base that adds dimensional ombre color, and at the center are bright yellow stamens. As the blossom ages, the petals fade to pale pink.

A square image of two 'First Arrival' peonies growing in the garden pictured in bright sunshine.

‘First Arrival’

‘First Arrival’ was bred in 1986 using ‘Martha W.’ and ‘Reath’ to create a two-foot-tall shrub that is covered in flowers when it starts blooming, and adds additional texture to the garden when not in bloom with its fern-like foliage.

Pick up a bare root of ‘First Arrival’ at Nature Hills. Send us pictures once it starts flowering, it’s one of my favorites!

18. Grace Batson

Gorgeous ‘Grace Batson’ has been around for nearly a century and still continues to enchant peony lovers.

Bred by the Sass Brothers (Hans and Jacob) near Omaha, Nebraska in 1927, it has vibrant rose-pink blossoms with a cool undertone.

The six-inch blossoms emerge in late midseason and carry with them a spicy fragrance.

You’ll want to either cut the stems for arrangements or stake them in the garden. The flowers are so full that they’ll topple when mature.

It grows just over 38 inches and thrives in Zones 3 to 7.

19. Hanakisoi

Herbaceous peonies get most of the attention, but a good tree peony, P. suffruticosa, shouldn’t be ignored. ‘Hanakisoi’ is one of those that deserves all the attention.

This cultivar was bred in Japan in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

A close up horizontal image of the ruffled petals of pink Hanakisoi peony flowers.

The blooms are large, about eight inches across, and are vivid, true pink with cheerful yellow centers. They appear in midseason on a five-foot-tall shrub.

Tree peonies tend to be a little less cold-hardy than their herbaceous cousins, though they live much longer. This one is only hardy in Zones 4b to 8.

You can learn more about growing tree peonies in our guide.

20. Heavenly Pink

In midseason, P. suffruticosa ‘Heavenly Pink’ shows off with ethereal, princess pink blossoms, each measuring up to seven inches across.

At the heart of each petal is a flare of maroon and the center of the plant features bright yellow stamens.

Their pretty cupped form is only part of their charm. The blooms also have a dreamy sweet fragrance.

Many tree peonies can grow seven feet tall or more, but ‘Heavenly Pink’ keeps it close to the ground. It doesn’t reach beyond about two feet tall. Grow it in Zones 4 to 8.

21. Hillary

Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrid crosses between tree and herbaceous peonies and P. x ‘Hillary’ is one of the superstars.

The deep, rose-pink petals with a merlot base contrast beautifully with the yellow stamens at the center of the semi-double flowers.

The darker picotee tips are a delight when you step in close to inhale the mild fragrance.

A square image of a single 'Hillary' peony flower growing in the garden pictured with foliage in the background.


Bred in 1999 by Roger F. Anderson, a self-taught, prolific peony hybridizer, the plant grows to about 30 inches tall.

It’s so pretty it nabbed the American Peony Society’s Award of Landscape Merit. Head to Nature Hills to bring her home to your garden.

22. Joker

‘Joker’ isn’t like other peonies. It’s like having two different plants in one.

This quick-change artist has dark, neon pink buds that open into bomb-type double flowers with the same deep hue.

A close up horizontal image of of a single bright pink 'Joker' peony flower pictured growing in the garden on a dark soft focus background.

Then, they don’t fade but rapidly shift to picotee with medium pink edges and snow-white centers. They don’t have a strong fragrance, but the six-inch blossoms don’t need anything additional to impress.

Canadian grower Henry Landis bred ‘Joker’ in 2004 and it was awarded the American Peony Society’s Gold Medal in 2021.

23. Lorelei

Lovely ‘Lorelei’ is an early midseason bloomer bred by respected breeder Don Hollingsworth in 1996. The salmon-pink double flowers gradually fade to an apricot hue as they age.

A close up horizontal image of a single 'Lorelei' peony bloom pictured on a dark soft focus background.

Each blossom on the three-foot bush is up to five and a half inches wide and has a spicy, sweet fragrance. And there are a ton of them on each shrub!

The strong stems lend themselves nicely to cutting and you won’t have to stake your plants when they’re in full bloom.

24. Mister Ed

It’s the famous ‘Mister Ed!’ This peony has bomb-type double flowers.

The three-foot-tall bush produces mildly fragrant, bright fuchsia or pale pink flowers, making it look like you’ve mingled two different peonies together.

If you’re lucky, your plant might even grow a third colorway: frosty white with fuchsia dappling. Three plants for the price of one.

A square image of 'Mister Ed' peony flowers growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Mister Ed’

‘Mister Ed’ was bred by hybridizer Roy Klehm of the renowned Song Sparrow Nursery from a ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’ chimera in 1980.

While it inherited the beautiful coloration from its parent, ‘Mister Ed’ didn’t inherit the weak stems of ‘Monsieur Jules Elie,’ which means it will hold those six-inch blossoms without support.

Nature Hills carries ‘Mr. Ed,’ as it’s often spelled, in #3 containers. Bring one home to enjoy the midseason display.

25. Monsieur Jules Elie

Bred by horticulturalist François Félix Crousse in 1888, ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’ is an heirloom peony cultivar that can be found in classic peony gardens around the globe.

No one is quite sure who the namesake was, but he would undoubtedly be proud.

The outer “guard” petals of the deep pink, double flowers are flat, acting as a platform for the heavily ruffled center petals, which form a large, round mound.

Peonies with this flower form are known as bomb double, and they’re eye-catching.

And the blossoms are huge, measuring up to eight inches across on a three-foot-tall plant.

The stems are a bit loose, meaning you might need to stake the flowers. Or just cut them and add them to an arrangement, which is how they really shine.

A square image of a light pink 'Monsieur Jules Elie' peony bloom growing in the garden.

‘Monsieur Jules Elie’

This plant is tolerant of heat, making it a favorite in southern gardens, and was a winner of the American Peony Society Gold Medal as well as the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

Visit Nature Hills Nursery to bring home this Victorian garden staple in a #3 container to take advantage of the early midseason show.

26. Moon River

‘Moon River’ is picture-perfect. Some peonies look almost too perfect to be real, and this midseason beauty bred by Carl Klehm in 1972 is one of those.

A close up vertical image of a single 'Moon River' peony flower with droplets on water on the petals pictured on a soft focus background.

The eight-inch-wide flowers are perfectly symmetrical and round with a heady rose-like fragrance on a three-foot shrub.

Each double blossom is multicolored with blush pink and cream petals. As they fade, they turn nearly white with just the faintest hint of pink.

The stems are strong enough to support themselves and stand tall in cut arrangements.

27. Neon

‘Neon’ is striking. This Japanese type peony has dark rose pink outer petals and inner petals (staminodes).

What sets it apart is the bright golden-yellow trim that appears on the ruffled edges of the staminodes.

A horizontal image of bubblegum pink 'Neon' peony flowers growing in the garden with foliage in soft focus in the background.

It almost makes the seven-inch flowers look like they’re on fire. If you can fight the pollinators off, you can stick your nose into the bloom for a spicy, sweet treat.

Bred by horticulturalist J.C. Nicholls in 1941, there aren’t many peonies out there that can even compare.

28. Pastel Splendor

‘Pastel Splendor’ demands that you take a moment to truly enjoy the flowers throughout their lifespan.

At first, the petals open as bright pink with just a hint of yellow at the center and a magenta splotch at the base.

Then, they transition to primarily pale yellow petals rimmed in a thick edge of rose pink with a magenta base. At the center of each petal is a stripe of purple with yellow carpels.

Finally, the petals fade to nearly white with a pink-red flare at the base.

A square image of 'Pastel Splendour' peonies growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Pastel Splendor’

A midseason Itoh, it was developed in 1996 by Wisconsin breeders Roger F. Anderson and William “Bill” Seidl from ‘Martha W.’ and ‘Saunders F2.’

The 30-inch tall plant can produce an astounding number of flowers. We’re talking up to 70 blooms.

Find bare roots at Nature Hills Nursery and enjoy the show.

29. Pecher

Pêcher is a French word that describes the velvety skin of a peach, and it captures the look of the petals on this cultivar perfectly.

A rose-type with semi-double, ruffled blossoms, ‘Pecher’ has blush, peachy, and shell pink flowers with fuchsia highlights on the tips of the center petals.

A square image of a single 'Pecher' peony flower growing in the garden.


It also has a strong, classic peony fragrance. The late-season shrub grows up to three feet tall with strong stems that can support the five-inch blossoms.

Capture ‘Pecher,’ also known as ‘Fleur de Pecher,’ at Nature Hills Nursery.

30. Pink Ardour

It’s all in the name. This is a lovely pink option that you’ll fall passionately in love with.

The fragrant six-inch raspberry pink blossoms look like someone turned up the saturation on them. The semi-double flowers last almost a week on the plant.

A square image of 'Pink Ardour' peonies growing in hte garden pictured in light sunshine.

‘Pink Ardour’

A midseason Itoh, the toothed foliage on the 24-inch tall plant adds something special to the yard even when the flowers aren’t around.

You can find ‘Pink Ardour’ available at Nature Hills Nursery.

31. Pink Hawaiian Coral

I’m a sucker for ombre. In my clothes, interiors, and flowers, if I see something ombre, I’m drawn to it.

I was obviously a goner when I first saw the American Peony Society’s Gold Medal of 2000 winner ‘Pink Hawaiian Coral.’

A close up horizontal image of a bee feeding from a 'Hawaiian Coral' peony flower pictured in light sunshine on a soft focus background.

Each semi-double five-and-a-half-inch flower has rose-pink outer petals that gradually fade to pale coral and then cream at the center of the blossom.

Tucked inside are mustard yellow stamens. The buds are reddish pink, adding yet another dimension of color to the 34-inch bush.

Developed by the revered hybridizer Roy Klehm, the flowers open earlier than other coral peonies, blooming in the early season. It’s also intensely fragrant.

32. Raspberry Charm

The pinkish-red petals of ‘Raspberry Charm’ will give you visions of canes weighed down with ripe fruit and raspberry juice staining your fingers and dribbling down your chin.

The fragrant, semi-double flowers have a mustard yellow center and can be up to seven inches in diameter on a three-foot-tall bush.

A square image of a single 'Raspberry Charm' bloom pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Raspberry Charm’

Bred by Samuel Wissing and Roy G. Klehm in 1968, the flowers emerge in early-midseason on strong stems that don’t require support.

Charmed? Me too. Pick up one, three, or five bare roots at Eden Brothers and enjoy the show.

33. Raspberry Sundae

You know that pale pink that you get when you order a raspberry sundae at an ice cream shop? That’s the color of the petals on ‘Raspberry Sundae.’

Take a deep inhale, though, and you’ll be treated to sweet floral notes rather than berries.

The petals toward the center of the seven-inch bomb-type flower tend to be a hint of darker raspberry pink than those on the outside, where they are a pale, milky pink.

Inside are layers of petals with hints of creamy yellow.

A square image of a pinkish-purple 'Raspberry Sundae' bloom pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Raspberry Sundae’

‘Raspberry Sundae’ was first identified in 1951 and released in 1968 by Klehm.

It was bred from a cross of P. lactiflora ‘Charley’s White’ and an unnamed seedling. The flowers appear in early midseason on a three-foot-tall shrub.

Ready to dig in? Find yours at Eden Brothers, which carries one, three, or five bare roots.

34. Riches and Fame

The early to midseason blossoms of ‘Riches and Fame’ are semi-double and practically glow with a bright fuchsia hue.

Dig inside the mass of petals, and you’ll find golden stamens at the center of the six-inch heads, along with a few bees and other happy pollinators.

The flowers are fully double and have a sweet scent.

A close up square image of a single 'Riches and Fame' bright pink bloom pictured in light sunshine on a soft focus background.

‘Riches and Fame’

The shrub grows to about three feet tall and blooms in midseason, and features stiff stems that can support the large blossoms.

If you’ve always dreamed of riches and fame, now is your chance. Head to Nature Hills Nursery to achieve your dreams.

35. Rome

‘Rome’ is what is part of the Patio series of peonies, which means that it’s extremely petite.

The plant rarely grows more than two feet tall and wide, making it perfect for growing in containers.

The fuchsia flowers are proportionally smaller but every bit as full, frilly, and bright as their larger counterparts, and they positively cloak the plant when they bloom midseason.

A square image of 'Rome' peonies growing in a terra cotta pot set on a tiled patio.


You don’t sacrifice scent for size, either. They’re extremely fragrant, with sweet, spicy notes.

If you love peonies but don’t have room for a full-sized version, or you just want something a little more petite, visit Nature Hills Nursery for one of your own.

36. Sarah Bernhardt

It’s not every plant that can stick around for over a century and keep going strong. ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ not only survives but is one of the most popular peonies out there.

Released in 1906 by French plant breeder Victor Lemoine, who started Lemoine Nursery, there’s no question why.

The large, fragrant, ruffled, double blossoms are pastel pink with edging in the palest pink with flecks of fuchsia on a three-foot-tall shrub.

Each dramatic flower can be up to eight inches in diameter.

A close up square image of a single 'Sarah Bernhardt' bloom pictured on a dark background.

‘Sarah Bernhardt’

For an old-fashioned type peony, you really can’t find many that are better than this superstar, which was named after the famous French actress. It’s a late midseason type.

Find your own ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ in a #3 container at Nature Hills Nursery.

37. Shirley Temple

In the midseason period, pink buds open into shell pink, double, rose-like flowers measuring up to six inches across.

As the heavily fragrant, ruffled blossoms age, they fade to ivory. The guard petals are darker than the inner petals, giving it a multi-dimensional charm.

You might even find flecks of scarlet on the blossoms.

A square image of 'Shirley Temple' peony blooms growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Shirley Temple’

‘Shirley Temple’ isn’t just a pretty face. The flowers are also resistant to balling in wet weather, which is when the petals fuse in moist conditions and the bud can’t fully open.

But the flowers will reliably open even in spring rain. She’s sure to be a superstar in your garden. You can find ‘Shirley Temple’ roots available at Eden Brothers.

38. Sorbet

Every time you look at this plant, it’s like being treated to a big bowl of refreshing raspberry sorbet.

This peony has five-inch flowers absolutely jam-packed with layers of petals in raspberry pink and cream.

The blooms are heavily fragrant and grow on strong stems, making them a delight for cutting. They even last a long time in the vase, staying attractive for over a week.

A vertical image of beautiful 'Sorbet' blooms growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.


The shrub grows to about three feet tall and is covered in blossoms midseason.

Craving ‘Sorbet?’ Find bare roots available at Burpee.

39. Top Brass

‘Top Brass’ is a trickster. To see it before the flowers fully open, you might think you’re looking at the white buds of a cream-colored peony. But give it a chance.

Once the flowers open fully, you’ll be treated to the most delicate pink petals you can imagine.

Clustered among pale golden petals, the effect is like the beginning of a desert sunset as the hint of pink and gold starts to streak across the horizon like watercolors.

A square image of 'Top Brass' peony blooms growing in the garden pictured on a dark soft focus background.

‘Top Brass’

The six-inch bomb-type blossoms are sweetly fragrant and stand on top of the three-foot-tall shrub.

Bred by Carl Klehm from ‘Charley White’ in 1968, it’s a midseason bloomer.

You have to see this one to believe it and you can pick up ‘Top Brass’ at Nature Hills Nursery.

40. Villa Jovis

It’s impossible not to fall in love with ‘Villa Jovis.’

The midseason semi-double blossoms are coral-pink with just a faint watercolor-like brush of pale pink on the edges. Now and then, a petal will have faint purple stripes.

The outer guard petals are lightly ruffled, while the inner petals are frilly, twisted, and twirling.

The shrub stays small at about 28 inches tall with strong, upright branches.

New to the market, ’Villa Jovis’ was bred in 2022 by Joshua Scholten.

41. White Cap

Say “hello” to 1991’s American Peony Society Gold Medal winner: ‘White Cap.’

This anemone Japanese type blooms in midseason with guard petals that are such a dark pink they’re almost flirting with red.

A close up horizontal image of a Paeonia lactiflora 'White Cap' bloom growing in the garden with foliage in soft focus in the background.

Inside, the petals are creamy pink, fading to pure white as they age.

The stems of the three-foot-tall plant are strong enough to support the six-inch blossoms.

Hybridized by Iowa peony breeder George E. Winchell in 1956, it has an incredibly strong rose-like fragrance.

Pink Just Looks So Good On Us

To be honest, pink isn’t my favorite floral color for my garden. I typically lean towards dark red, white, purple, and yellow. But when it comes to peonies, the more rosy, blush hues, the better.

I just can’t imagine a more charming sight than a peony bush in full bloom, whether the hues lean toward salmon, fuchsia, coral, or something in between.

A close up horizontal image of bright pink peony flowers growing in the garden.

So, are you more of a vibrant flower grower? Do you prefer that your plants whisper in pastel? Share your favorite pink peonies in the comments section below, and let us know if one of these is calling your name.

The journey doesn’t end at picking a plant, of course. If you would like to learn more about peonies, we have several guides that might catch your eye, such as:

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Kristine Lofgren is a writer, photographer, reader, and gardening lover from outside Portland, Oregon. She was raised in the Utah desert, and made her way to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs in 2018. Her passion is focused these days on growing ornamental edibles, and foraging for food in the urban and suburban landscape.

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Rachel (@guest_45531)
21 days ago

Thank you for this great list! It’s so nice to have breeder information, and I appreciate that you specify which need staking and which are strong enough to stand up on their own. I came across this list while trying to determine where one of my peonies is a Sarah Bernhardt or Dr. Alexander Fleming… and I noticed you used the same flower photo for both entries 😅. If you have any other tricks for telling the two apart, I’d love to hear it! I feel like mine is darker than Sarah but not as dark as people describe Alexander.… Read more »

Rachel (@guest_45532)
21 days ago

Thank you so much for this great article! It’s so nice to have breeder info and I appreciate when you mention whether the peony requires staking. I came across this article while trying to figure out if one of my peony’s is a Sarah Bernhardt or a Dr. Alexander Fleming. I noticed both entries use the same photo 😅.
Do you have any tips for me, other than pink tone? I feel like mine is darker than a SB but lighter than the AF pics I see online, some of which look photoshopped… any tips would be greatly appreciated!


Rachel (@guest_45878)
Reply to  Kristine Lofgren
7 days ago

Thank you so much for this helpful reply! I so appreciate that. I’m going to keep an eye out for those differences and get to the bottom of this (fun!) mystery.