Peace, Love, & Peonies
Wildcat Ridge Farm • Clyde, NC
Hello, peony lovers! Welcome to North Carolina's largest planted peony farm.
These glorious flowers bloom just one month each year (in May). At that time, we open our doors to the public, so peony lovers throughout the southeast may experience the explosion of color and find just the right plants to brighten their own garden.
Spring is here! What does that mean? We are weeks away from our 2023 Festival of Peonies in Bloom! Starting May 1, we will be open 7 days a week, from 10 am through 4 pm. No appointment is necessary at this time.
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-May). At that time, you may 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.
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 have leaves and flowers that resemble those of tree peonies and a growth habit similar to herbaceous peonies. Flowers 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. With well-drained, fertile soil and full sun, these plants will produce abundant single, semi-double, and full-double blooms in striking color combinations.
May 1-31: Open daily 10am-4pm
June 1-October 31: open by appointment only, for potted peonies and fig trees.
November 1-April 30: closed to the public while the peonies sleep through winter and begin their spring magic!
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.)
We do not ship.
We do not have a catalog to ship.
We have two binders showing all of our available peony varieties. You are welcome to browse these books while you are here.
If you are seeking a specific variety, please ask that question in the form below.
If we have the variety you are seeking when you visit, you may take the potted plant home with you.
If we sell out of the variety you choose at the time you visit, you may purchase it in advance and return to pick up your plant in late October, after our Master Gardener divides our plants and creates a new crop of potted peonies at the end of each season.
All potted peony plants come with planting instructions for the fall.
Peace, Love & Peonies!