Japanese tree peony, Shima-nishiki (tentative identification)
Plant Ax - anonymous, multi-colored cream and pink. Possibly Shima-nishiki
The Japanese tree peony Shima-nishiki is often described as candy-striped red-and-white. Descriptions also say that blooms on this cultivar, especially on young plants, can present either as all red or all white, in addition to the red-and-white striped versions for which the cultivar is famous. This plant (labeled by me as plant Ax in my own private indexing of plants in this section of the bed) bears no tag. However, a new interpretive sign at the front of this section includes a picture of, and a name for a similar, if not identical plant, and there was only one such multi-colored plant in bloom in this bed, namely the one seen here. Hence the attribution.
One source that is quoted in Carsten Burkhardt's peony data base says of Shima-nishiki "This variety arose from a bud mutation in Taiyo, and except for the variegation of colour the plant resembles Taiyo in every respect. Stigmas and sheath are red" After looking up Taiyo on the same database, I believe that at least one specimen of it is also present in the collection of Japanese tree peonies in this bed.
Laurel Ridge tree peonies
Peony Gardens at Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor
Taken May 15, 2017
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From E13. A Peony a Day Keeps the Blues Away