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Peony Paeonia

Growing Peony: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Deciduous flower or shrub
  • Life Span Long-lived perennial
  • USDA Zone 3-8
  • Light Filtered sun
  • Water Moist soil
  • When To Plant Divide in autumn
  • Location Don't move it
  • Pairs Well With Irises, roses
  • Peak Bloom Late spring

Peonies: A Field Guide

Peonies can be shrubs or they can be trees, and one of the only sad things about living in a warm climate is it’s difficult to grow either. A peony likes a nice freeze in the winter.

Starting in May, most peonies bloom in showy clumps of fluffy pink or white pompons and are useful middle-of-the-border flowers. If you live in a warm growing zone, plant a peony so the top of its crown is visible above ground (to give it the cold feeling it craves in winter). Tree peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) hail from China; these woody shrubs or small trees must be babied more than their herbaceous cousins. A tree peony requires a sheltered spot and patience (it may be years before they flower).

Planting, Care & Design of Peonies

Planting, Care & Design of Peonies

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