Annual Festival of Peonies in Bloom
Coming May 2-31, 2022
Wildcat Ridge Farm • Clyde, NC
Welcome to Wildcat Ridge Farm, North Carolina's largest planted peony farm. We are located just north of I-40, on the banks of the Pigeon River. These glorious flowers bloom just one month each year, in May. We open our doors to the public all month long, so peony lovers throughout the southeast may experience the explosion of color and find just the right plants to brighten their own garden.
Potted Peony Plants
Most people come to us for potted peony plants to place on a bright sunny porch, or to transplant in their garden. We offer dozens of colors of each type of peony described below and we provide planting instructions.
Cut Peony Blooms
We also sell cut flowers during the most prolific bloom time (usually mid-month). Tiptoe through our peony plants to select a rainbow of blooms to brighten someone's day. You choose the blooms and we will cut them and give them a drink of water for your ride home (please bring a bucket if you plan to take blooms).
About Our Peonies
We sell two varieties of peony plants: Herbaceous (the most common) and Intersectional (also called Itoh).
Herbaceous peonies are one of the most easily grown hardy perennials available today. Long-lived and durable, a peony can easily live more than 100 years.
As an herbaceous perennial, this group of peonies produces annual stem growth during the spring and summer, returning to the ground in late fall and remaining dormant through the winter season. The large fleshy root systems, crown and buds come to life again each spring to produce the flowers we have come to admire.
Herbaceous peonies require a period of cold weather to complete their dormancy needs. Most thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 7, however, a number of gardeners have experienced positive results as far south as zone 8. (We are located in Zone 7.)
Intersectional peonies possess many attributes which make them highly desirable landscape plants. The leaves and flower forms resemble those of tree peonies, while the growth habit is similar to that of herbaceous peonies. Flowers are held upright on top of the bush and never require any kind of support. In the fall, after the frost, intersectional peonies are cut back to ground level, and the plants come back larger each spring. From this new hybrid group, also known as Itoh peonies, a vibrant palette of colors emerged requiring well-drained fertile soil and full sun in order to produce boatloads of gorgeous single, semi-double and full double blooms with spectacular pastel color combinations.
We will be open to the public 7 days/week, 10 am - 4 pm, May 2-31. Reservations are not required on these dates.
We are located in Clyde, NC (30 minutes west of Asheville, 90 minutes east of Knoxville and northwest of Greenville, and 2.5 hours north of Atlanta). See directions below.
We accept payment in cash or check only, please. (Our outdoor signal in the mountains is not strong enough for cash apps.)
If you would like to place a bulk order in advance of our opening date, please complete the form to the left and we will be in touch. Please note: we do not ship and we do not mail catalogs. We do have two printed books showing available peony varieties that you are welcome to browse while you are here. If you are seeking a specific variety, please ask that question in the form below.
Please bring a bucket if you plan to take home cut flowers—we'll give them a little water for your ride home. Potted peony plants come with planting instructions from our master gardener. Please bring a blanket if you choose to soak up the flower power.
We look forward to welcoming you!