A classic ingredient of the perennial border, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color in the landscape. Pairing them with companion plants such as perennials, flower bulbs or even ornamental grasses, provides accent features in the form of shape, texture, height or color and enhances the beauty of your borders.
Peonies flower for a relatively short period of time, approximately 7-10 days. However, they do not flower at the same time and are classified with a blooming time, ranging from Very Early to Very Late season. Therefore, to fill your garden with continuously blooming peonies throughout the season, you may elect to plant a variety of cultivars, from Very Early- to Very Late season bloomers.
To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of white and golden-yellow, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession: 'Duchesse de Nemours' (Early Midseason), 'Krinkled White' (Midseason), 'Cora Louise' (Late Midseason) and 'Elsa Sass' (Late Season).
They are interplanted with 3 superb Tall Bearded Irises with different flowering seasons for a longer display, 'Who Needs A Prince' (Midseason), 'Fringe of Gold' (Late Midseason) and 'Starship Enterprise' (Late Midseason). They are all combined with the architectural Allium giganteum and Lupine 'Manhattan Lights and one of the most beautiful yellow English Rose, 'Charlotte'.
Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!