ORIENTAL SCARLET: Perennial. SOMNIFERUM TYPES: Hardy annual.
(P. somniferum) Invite the Cream Peony poppy into your garden and you will be rewarded with massive, alabaster orbs! Opulent, opalescent blooms reach 4 inches across and are fully double. We love to see it romanticize a garden design and fill out floral arrangements, as it is also a great cutting type! Plants stand 3-4 feet tall, painting the landscape with large dollops of cream that sway in the breeze.
(Papaver rhoeas) Our new favorite, as it was the first to flower, with loads of blushing blooms all spring! Just try not to fall in love with this poppy with petals like vibrant silk! Its gleaming jewel tones of coral, salmon, rose and cerise make it a must have for any garden design. The dazzling blooms are semi double to fully double with picotee edging. The nodding blooms will gently blow in the breeze, beckoning pollinators and enthralling onlookers. This annual type poppy self sows, producing 18-30 inch tall plants with blooms that reach 3 inches across.
(P. commutatum) Ladybird is a delightful domesticated version of a wildflower from the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran. Lipstick red poppy with black spots, these colorful blooms are reminiscent of ladybird beetle wings. A popular choice for maintained wildflower fields and patches and recipient of the prestigious R.H.S.’s Award of Garden merit. Gardeners have included the dainty Ladybird poppy in their garden designs for hundreds of years. Plants stand just 1-2 feet tall with 3-inch blooms; annual that self seeds.
(P. somniferum) These massive scarlet blooms look positively majestic as they sway in the breeze atop wiry stems. The regal, highly ruffled heads reach an impressive 5 inches across, proudly set atop 2-3-foot stems. We adore this variety for landscape and floral design; the blooms are eye catching when planted en masse or used sparingly as a focal point.