Peonies are considered
classic garden plants, beatiful to look at and very fragrant.
Most of us can remember our grandmothers growing these delightful
perennials so they automatically add a bit of nostalgia and charm
to the landscape. The popularity of Peonies has exploded in
the past few years as new gardeners are rediscovering the exquisite
blossoms and lush foliage these old time garden favorites have to
offer. Plants are easy to grow and are one of the longest lived
perennials in the garden - often out living the person who planted
Peonies will grow in any decent garden soil but for great looking
plants amend your soil
with plenty of organic matter such as peat moss and compost.
Peonies should be planted in full sun to very light shade and should
be planted in a permanent location as plants despise being moved.
Newly planted Peony roots will spend their first year establishing
themselves and will not flower. One common mistake made by new gardeners
is planting the root to deep. When planting Peony roots the eyes
(soft tips that will become new growth) should be planted no more
than 1 1/2 - 2 inches below the soil level. Feed
plants lightly in the spring with top dressing of bone meal.
Be careful when feeding plants - if you over fertilize Peonies they
often fail to flower. For more details on growing these wonderful
plants see our guide to Peony
Problems: none known
Notes: You may notice that Peony buds are
often covered with ants - don't run for the Raid - It is believed
that Peonies produce a small amount of nectar that encourages the
ants to help open the dense flower buds.