During the 1970s, the Japanese Toichi Itoh set a new frontier in hybridization of peonies by crossing a variety of Paeonia lactiflora with a hybrid of Paeonia lutea. The outcome was a plant that has the characteristics of both an herbaceous peony (fall withering of leaves and stem) and a tree peony (ramification of the stem and appearance of leaves and flowers), with some outstanding features, such as a longer blooming period and a great decorative effect.
Itoh Hybrids are still very rare and hard to find in Italy, and we continue to select some of the best american hybrids.
Bright yellow semidouble flowers, with red flares on the center. Fragrant, very floriferous, with strong stems holding the 20 cm flowers well above the dense foliage. APS Gold medal winner in 2006.
Semi-double to double tri-color flower, blooms are red, yellow and orange giving a copper-like chromatic effect from a distance. The plants is well shaped, with a dark green foliage.
This plant has large sized semi-double flowers, pink lavander shading to pale pink. Mid-season blooming, flowers are scented.
This plant is characterized by its very elegant posture and vigor and, of course, by the beauty of its flowers. In our opinion, it is one of the best Ioth hybrids.
The semi-double flowers have lemon petals with red veins at the base; the carpels have pink stigmas and are surrounded by vanilla stamens. The leaves are dark green and have a shape in between those of its parent plants; as a result, the plant has a great ornamental value even when it is not flowering. Late and long-lasting flowering.
This is the first intersectional hybrid awarded with a gold medal from the American Peony Society.
Double flowers, very large and fragrant. At the opening the flower appears with a red color blended with rose and yellow that fades into cream ont the top whereas the lower side keeps the coloration. Very floriferous, mid season and long lasting blooming.