If you are looking for a peony with a 'little bit extra', then Peony obovata could be the one.
Sometimes called the Japanese forest peony, Peony obovata, or to be correct Paeonia obovata is a species that likes a little shade. Originally found in the forest margins from Japan through to China and Siberia.
Firstly the foliage, new growth is a lovely red color before it turns to a lush green. The foliage forms anise mound, to around 1m by 1m, and looks good until autumn.
Secondly the delicate cup shaped flowers, either pink, or in our case white as we are growing Peony obovata alba. They are not as big and showy as the cultivars we commonly see, however they are fragrant and are held upright on short stems above the foliage.
And finally the seed pods, whatever you do, try not to be tempted to deadhead these wonderful plants. The seed pods will ripen and open to put on a display that rivals the delicate flowers. Blood red with deep purple to black seeds in an open star shape. Extra interest in autumn.