Learn How To Plant And Care for Your Peonies
Peonies are a classic ingredient of the perennial border and have been cultivated for over 2000 years. Beloved for the beauty of their exquisite flowers and handsome foliage, which often turn shades of rust and orange in the fall, peonies require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves. They do not respond well to transplanting, so choose your planting location carefully!
All about Peonies
- Peonies belong to the Paeoniaceae family, which includes 33 species of herbaceous perennials or deciduous shrubs.
- Native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America, they have been cultivated for over 2,000 years for the beauty of their flowers.
- The overall peony blooming season lasts six weeks and starts in spring.
- Low maintenance, peonies are long-lived (may live up to 50 years!).
- They add romance and interest to the garden from spring to fall and offer beautiful and changing foliage colors.
- Peonies are deer resistant, attractive to butterflies, and virtually pest free.
- They are divided into three main groups: herbaceous peonies, intersectional peonies, and tree peonies.
- They bloom over a six-week season, starting in late spring - early summer with the tree peonies, followed by the herbaceous peonies, and finishing up with the intersectional peonies.
- There are over 3 000 peony cultivars available (!!!), and you may want to determine first what you are exactly looking for before buying.
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.