(Ménard / D’Aoust, 2008)
I have been reading a lot of peony descriptions lately, making them my own, mixing in Lindsay D'Aoust's observations. Sonia Hélène is a strikingly beautiful peony, and has always been my favourite of the Menard and D'Aoust introductions. I will let her words describe this introduction, and it's history.
"In the spring of 1998, I had the privilege of visiting the peony garden of Maurice Ménard. He had agreed to sell me the seedlings of my choice from his hybridization work. This was one of the first seedlings that caught my eye among the thousands planted in his garden. Anyone who saw it in bloom subsequent years in my peony field remarked on its beauty. It was known as seedling MM03 and finally, in 2008 it it was properly named. The flowers are unequivocally yellow upon opening and they do not fade to cream as is often the case with yellow peonies. There are usually more than one flowers per stem which keeps the plant in bloom for an extended period. The foliage is light green and lustrous."
Height: 60-90 cm
Staking Required: Best When Staked
Bloom Week: 4
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A Note on Observations
Observations of height, side buds, and staking are from Hudson, Quebec (zone 5a) grown in full sun, in a clay based soil. In different environments plants will perform slightly different. Instead of 1 to 2 side buds per stem, you may have none. If growing in slightly shadier environment, your peony may require staking. The observations are meant as a general guide, in how your peony should perform in optimal planting. In the case of fragrance, these are observations based on personal sniff tests in the field, we must bear in mind our olfactory senses are all different.