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Very Early Blooming Peonies for your Spring Garden

Very Early Peonies, Peonies Bloom Times

Bloom Peonies season, Early Peonies, Midseason Peonies, Late Peonies, Peonies Bloom Times

Peonies are a classic ingredient of the perennial border and have been cultivated for over 2,000 years. Beloved for their abundant blooms, the beauty of their exquisite flowers, their delightful fragrance, and their bold foliage changing shades over the seasons, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color to the landscape.

Peonies bloom in late spring – early summer, starting in April and through the months of May and June. Sadly, peonies flower for a relatively short period, approximately 7-10 days. However, they do not all flower simultaneously and are classified with a blooming time, ranging from Very Early to Very Late season, relative to other peonies. Therefore, to fill your garden with continuously blooming peonies throughout the season for up to 6 weeks, you may plan to plant a variety of cultivars, from Very Early- to Very Late season bloomers.

Notes:

  • The actual date at which a specific peony variety begins to bloom depends on the climatic area you live in. Peonies grown in California or Florida will bloom much earlier than those in Illinois or Ohio.
  • The blooming period will last longer in cooler weather and be profuse but fairly brief if the weather is very hot and sunny.
  • Peonies do best in hardiness zones 3 to 8. If you are planting peonies in a warm spring or hot summer area, the best varieties to grow would be Early to Midseason varieties as the Late season varieties may not bloom well if the temperatures become too hot.

Here is a list of very early flowering peonies to help you plan your late spring or early summer garden and facilitate your selection of peony varieties.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Genus Paeonia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height
Spread
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden

Very Early Season Peonies

If you are an unconditional peony lover, select at least one peony from each group to enjoy up to 6 weeks of glamorous blooms! 

Early Blooming Peonies for your Spring Garden
Early Midseason Peonies for your Spring Garden
Midseason Peonies for your Spring Garden
Late Midseason Peonies for your Spring Garden
Late Season Peonies for your Spring Garden
Peonies: How to Grow and Care with Success

Garden Examples

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies, Roses and Sage
A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies and Irises
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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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Genus Paeonia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height
Spread
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden
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