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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

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Comments

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon10 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Alison Finch
    Alison Finch10 months ago

    Love this one, Michael. Gorgeous DOF.

  • Prettyinpinks
    Prettyinpinks9 months ago

    11/11/13 Congratulations on your feature!!! :)

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