Peonies are outrageously beautiful in bloom, with lush foliage all summer long. These perennials may live longer than you do—some have been known to thrive for 100 years. The plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves; they do not respond well to transplanting.

Peonies take your breath away every spring. They’re hardy to Zone 3 and grow well as far south as Zones 7 and 8. In most of the country, the rules for success are simply full sun and well-drained soil. Peonies even relish cold winters, because they need chilling for bud formation.

Peonies make fine sentinels lining walkways and a lovely low hedge. After its stunning bloom, the peony’s bushy clump of handsome glossy green leaves lasts all summer, and then turns purplish or gold in the fall, as stately and dignified as any shrub.

In mixed borders, peonies bloom with columbines, baptisias, and veronicas, and combine well with irises and roses. Plant white peonies with yellow irises and a froth of forget-me-nots; set off pink peonies with blue Nepeta or violets.

Taken in the Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
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260 MM


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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp12 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot12 months ago

    Great image, Michael! What a beautiful bloom! My mom used to grow these many years ago…thanks for the memories!

  • you are very welcome :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld12 months ago

    Gorgeous work! I’m so proud to have it in our group!

  • LarryB007
    LarryB00712 months ago

    This is a beautiful image Michael, Congratulations on your Feature!

  • Prettyinpinks
    Prettyinpinks10 months ago

    30/11/13 Beautiful Bicolour capture! :))

    Why not congratulate the other featurees here

    Your Host, Elinor :)

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