Popular, gorgeous, hardy perennial. 100 year old peonies are not uncommon. The glossy dark green foliage is often tinted bronze when new and takes on reddish tones in the fall. Peonies add class and color to your landscape and bouquets. Usually they don’t flower the first year, until they get established. Bloom time is late spring.
Peonies are the official 12th anniversary flower.
Huge, fragrant, fully double rose-pink blossoms. An heirloom classic that has been popular for over 100 years. Deer resistant.
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Plant container-grown peonies in spring or fall, spacing plants 2 to 3 feet apart. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly. Plant bare-root peonies in late summer or fall, setting the roots so that the buds are no more than two inches below the soil surface. If you plant them deeper, they may fail to bloom.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. The first winter, apply a 4- to 6-inch layer of protective mulch after the ground freezes, to prevent roots from being heaved out of the ground by alternate freezing and thawing. Once your peonies are established, annual winter mulching is not necessary. Remove this protective mulch in the spring.
Baby’s breath – The billowy mounds of white baby’s breath bring airiness to a peony plant in sunny borders.
Shasta daisy – Blooming at the same time, the large pure white single or double flowers of Shasta daisy play off well against the cup or bowl shape of peony flowers in sun.
Flax – The silky, azure blue flowers of perennial flax bloom with peonies and they make fine partners in sunny flower gardens.