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 soft pink, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession: 'Gardenia' (Early Midseason), 'Shirley Temple' (Midseason) and 'Mother's Choice' (Late Midseason).

They are interplanted with 3 superb Tall Bearded Irises with different flowering seasons for a longer display, 'Discovered Treasure' (Midseason), 'Celebration Song' (Late Midseason) and 'June Krauss' (Late Season).

All are combined with the architectural Lupine 'Noble Maid' and Allium 'Round and Purple' and the spectacular Oriental Poppy 'Prinzessin Victoria Louise'. The addition of the repeat-flowering English Rose, 'Heritage', will enable this lovely planting to last until fall. 

Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!