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Exposure: full sun to partial shade
Blooms: Spring to Summer
and fall are both good times to buy and plant peonies. When you choose
plants, consider the flower type and color you want. Peonies have a
beautiful display of flowers every spring, and glossy dark green
foliage that stays attractive from early spring until a killing frost.
prefer full sun all day, but will bloom as long as they receive four or
five hours of direct sun daily. Plant them in well-drained soil and
allow at least two feet between dwarf varieties and four feet between
When you plant, cover the peony roots so the
pink buds or "eyes" are pointing up. Make sure to plant the top of the
roots only one and one-half to two inches beneath the soil line. A
common error is to plant them too deep, which means they won't bloom.
peonies will flower for years with little care if you plant them in a
sunny area in rich, well-drained soil. For a simple border with all
season color, they may be planted with spring flowering bulbs and with
iris, day lilies, chrysanthemums, and hardy asters. Peonies are a
versatile perennial. They make good background plants for low annual
You can divide peonies in early spring or late summer.
Dig up the entire clump, then split it into halves or quarters with a
sharp knife or shovel. The smaller the division, the longer it will
take them to bloom again.
Do not cut down peony foliage until it is damaged by frost. Apply mulch
over the plants, then remove in spring.
Never prune out more than one-third of a fruit tree in a year to lessen
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