- group : Itoh
- flower type : double
- color : peach/pink color can change
- flowering time :middle late
- height : 100 cm
- scent : good
Koen Hurtekant (breeder) writes this:
Canary Brilliants is one the finest Itoh-hybrids. This one has been bred by Roger Anderson and was registered in 1999. There are four Itoh-hybrids that I would candidly recommend: First Arrival, Garden Treasure, Pastel Splendour and Canary Brilliants. They all have well formed flowers and are very floriferous, both qualities that I don’t see in many other Itoh-hybrids I grow (although I don’t grow many new ones). Foliage is very good, as with nearly all Itohs. Canary Brilliants is taller than most (1 – 1,2 m) and it also being very wide (1,3 – 1,5 m) means that it is a very substantial plant in any garden. The flowers are slightly beige-orange upon first opening, in full sun, they then change into paler yellow. Rare for an Itoh peony this one also has use as a cutflower because its vase-life is better than most. As an added bonus, the flowers don’t change their color when opened inside. The trick to keep it well then is to remove all the foliage on the stem. It has a really exquisite strong fragrance that resembles that of many tree peonies.
It grows rapidly into a large plant, divides easily and as with all intersectionals, the foliage remains green until frost. Probably the only drawback it has will be the fading of the pretty color in the sun as mentioned above. Growing it in a spot where it does not get full sunlight all day long, might remedy this, or otherwise place an umbrella over it at flowering time.