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 soft pink and purple, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession: 'Monsieur Jules Eli' (Early Midseason), 'Do Tell' (Early Mid to Midseason), 'Bowl of Beauty' (Late Midseason) and 'Dinner Plate' (Late Season').
They are interplanted with 3 fabulous Tall Bearded Irises with different flowering seasons for a longer display, 'About Town' (Early Midseason), 'Mary Frances' (Midseason), 'Purple Serenade' (Late Midseason) and the architectural Allium 'Globemaster'.
Complement this perennial combination with the warm shades of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) and add the lovely English Rose 'Brother Cadfael' which boasts the most spectacular and largest blooms of all the English roses!
Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!