Planting peonies

Mon. Aug. 17, 2015

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show:  Planting peonies

Peonies are a herbaceous perennial (they die back each year) and are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.  Tree peonies are different.  I’ll go into them in another Garden Bite.

It’s that time of year.  Planting peonies!

Give them full sun and good drainage. (Although I have a gorgeous red one that came with my house that’s in part shade)  Dig a hole 1 1/2 feet wide and 2 ft. deep, add organic matter such as leaf mold, peat moss or compost.  Plant the peony with it’s “eyes” up no deeper than 2 inches below the soil surface.  Water well.  You may have to let the newly dug hole settle a bit to make placement easier.

Red peony on the north side of my home!
Red peony on the north side of my home!

For the first winter only, mulch your new peonies with straw or some other mulch AFTER the ground has frozen.  In the spring, pull the mulch up.

There are so many beautiful choices.  Be sure to check with your local garden center first!

And this is why peonies are not my favorite plants despite their pretty petals!  I could’ve staked it but, alas, I did not.

Peony root!
Peony root!

And now for a shorter, sturdier Peony ‘Big Ben’…

For a list and a looksee at peonies that don’t need staking click on this link to The Plant Expert.

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