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 lavender, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession: 'Miss America' (Early Midseason), 'Cheddar Charm' (Midseason) and 'Bowl of Cream' (Late Midseason).
They are interplanted with 3 superb Tall Bearded Irises with different flowering seasons for a longer display, 'Belgian Princess' (Midseason), 'Hold My Hand' (Late Midseason) and 'Twilight Rapture' (Late Season).
All are combined with 2 architectural Lupines, 'Manhattan Lights and 'Gallery Yellow', a dwarf Delphinium 'Magic Fountain Lavender' and the dense lavender fluffy panicles of Meadow Rue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium).
Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!