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Peonies and Companion Plants – Pink & Violet Theme

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders

Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Bearded Iris, Peony Lovely Rose, Peony Philomele, Peony Cora Stubbs, Peony Dr Alexander Fleming, Iris Dusky Challenger, Iris Autumn Tryst, Camelot White

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 pink and rich violet, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession: ‘Lovely Rose’ (Early Season), ‘Philomele’ (Early Midseason), ‘Cora Stubbs’ (Midseason) and ‘Dr Alexander Fleming’ (Late Midseason) .

They are interplanted with 3 lovely Tall Bearded Irises with different flowering seasons for a longer display, ‘Autumn Tryst’ (Early Midseason), ‘Dream of You’ (Midseason), ‘Dusky Challenger’ (Late Midseason). This planting is complemented with the architectural Foxglove ‘Camelot White’ (Digitalis purpurea) and the incredibly pretty Columbine ‘Blue Barlow’ (Aquilegia).

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

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Iris 'Louisa's Song', Tall Bearded Iris Louisa's Song, Iris Germanica Louisa's Song, Early irises, Award Irises, Purple Irises
Iris 'Absolute Crush', Tall Bearded Iris 'Absolute Crush', Iris Germanica 'Absolute Crush', Late Season Irises, Bicolor irises, White Irises, Lavender Irises
Lupinus 'Noble Maiden',Lupine 'Noble Maiden', Lupin 'Noble Maiden', Band of Noble Series, Russel Hybrids, White flowers, Cream flowers
Paeonia Lactiflora 'Monsieur Jules Elie', Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie', 'Monsieur Jules Elie' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie' , Common Garden Peony 'Monsieur Jules Elie', Pink Peonies, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Fragrant Peonies
Paeonia Lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt', Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt', 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peony, White flowers, White Peonies, Pink Flowers, Pink Peonies, Fragrant Peonies
Allium Mount Everest,White Allium , Ornamental Onion 'Mount Everest', Allium Stipitatum 'Mount Everest', Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers, Late Spring Bloom, Early Summer Bloom
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Explore Great Plant Combination Ideas
Aquilegia Iris germanica Paeonia
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