Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Heavenly Peonies


It's that time of year when the Peonies are in bloom and the garden smells wonderful from their fragrance. Peonies should be in every garden because their foliage, fragrance and beautiful blooms add so much to the garden. Peonies have been the subject for tapestry, wall paintings and poetry. They were named after the Greek physician Paeon, who used the plant for medical purposes. They are a herbaceous shrubby plant with thick roots and large compound glossy green leaves. They bloom in the spring and die down to the ground for winter. If you have tree peonies, they have branches and bark like trees and should not be cut down for the winter.


Peonies are easy to care for and need full sun. They prefer well drained moisture retentive soil rich with humus. The best time to plant Peonies is in the autumn. Plant with the "eyes" about 1 1/2 inches deep (facing up) in the soil and avoid damaging the eyes. Water well and add mulch for winter protection. Peonies can be propagated by seed or division. Peonies can be left undisturbed indefinitely or you can divide every 6 to 10 years. There are lots of different varieties of Peonies available for your garden. Extend the bloom time with a selection of early, mid-season and late blooming varieties. If you see ants on the flower buds of your Peonies, do not try to kill the ants with sprays. The ants will not harm your plants or flowers.




Happy Gardening!
The Creative Gardener

4 comments:

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I have the same peony as your first one. I was planning to post a picture of it tomorrow. Do you know the name of it? I can't find the tag.
I just love peonies, I think they should be in every garden too! I have seen ants on mine and wondered if that was a problem. Good to see it's not.

Janet said...

I was amazed at all the varieties of peonies when we went on our study trip. That white one is beautiful!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I have seen some of the prettiest peonies on blogs that I had never saw before. Your single petal one is so pretty. The white is gorgeous with the touches on pink.Beautiful. Have a great weekend.

GartenGrl at Cool Garden Things said...

Those are lovely peonies. I love the way you combined them with the purple leaved...? Not sure what that is...Shiso? Maybe...just lovely. GartenGrl at Planning Plants to Plant