In the Garden… tree peonies

May 12th, 2012 Posted in Floral Design, Garden design, Home Accessories

You have heard of peonies for sure. You know, the usual ones that are white, pink or red.

Do you know tree peonies? There are peonies, and then there are peonies.

Specifically, these are known as Chinese tree peonies.

I had never heard of a tree peony a few years ago, until introduced to them by a friend.

They are definitely hardy in the Cleveland area, and, in fact, most of the U.S. (zones 4-9).

As you can see, tree peonies need a bit of space.

They will grow large when happy, reaching the size of a shrub or even larger. And they frequently live to 70 or 80 years. I like that!

This lavender tree peony is over six feet tall.

They prefer sun, but not a whole day of it. To keep the blooms the longest amount of time, dappled shade would be perfect.

Ideally, they should not be planted close to a tree as the tree robs the generous root system of its needed nutrients.

Their blooms usually open up to 6″-10″ saucers.

Besides their gorgeous colors, they also smell delightful. They hold quite well as a cut bloom, too.

Now is the perfect time to plant one; you won’t be disappointed!

Do you grow any tree peonies?



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