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.

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Taken in the Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
1/400
F7.1
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
270 MM
Tripod
Shade

Comments

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Love the way the beautiful pink almost fills the image. Beautiful!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.over 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your stunning work has been featured in Fabulous Flowers!!

    October 28th, 2013

  • Mariola Szeliga
    Mariola Szeligaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful! I can almost smell their fragrance.

  • MotherNature2
    MotherNature2over 1 year ago

    So lovely! Beautiful work – Congratulations on your feature in Fabulous Flowers – FAVE:>)

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