Peonies for the South ! ! !
From two different books that I have borrowed from the library here is a list of Peonies that allegedly do well in the southern heat. The recommendations are all early blooming plants. Based on the theory that later blooming peonies will bake in the hot south before they will bloom.
Second, this list of peonies does Not intend to infer or to indicate that they will not do perfectly well as far north as Canada. For example, 'Lady Alexander Duff' was introduced and recommended for Canadian gardens in the 1920's and is still recommended for that area today.
Avoid Extremely Heavy Doubles, Plant Early Blooming Varieties.
Recommended for the south:
'Kansas' a red double
'Miss America' white
'Moonstone' a blush double
'Sword Dance' outstanding red of Japanese form
'Big Ben', 'Bowl of Beauty', 'Carol', 'Dawn Pink','Kelway's Glorious', 'Lady Alexander Duff'
The following two are particularly recommended for zone 8:
'Mt St Helen' and 'Picotee'.
Excerpts from "Peonies" by Alan Rogers and "Peonies" by Jane Fearnley Whittingstall.