When it comes to growing peonies that can turn your head, Deborah Moats is no stranger! Deborah, who hails from central Tennessee, has been successfully growing peonies ever since she was 6!
“My grandmother simply adored peonies” says Deborah, “and she passed along that love to me at an early age. I remember helping her split peonies in the fall. She took great pride in her yard and her peony bushes.”
“She let me take my first few start home when I was just 6. I can still remember how proud and amazed I was the following spring when they came to life in full color. I was hooked, and have been enjoying them ever since.”
Peonies have one of the most beautiful and fragrant blooms you will ever find on a perennial plant. They are hardy from zones three through 8. Peonies actually perform better in cooler climates, as the cold winter weather helps to form strong buds.
They have been around since ancient times, and have long been admired for their huge blooms. A single peony bush can live without issue for 50 to 60 years or more. Adding to their allure, peony bushes can be found in a wide range of spectacular colors. Product Links : Sarah Benhardt Rose Pink Peony Bush – General MacMahon Crimson Peony Bush
Without a doubt, they certainly make a gorgeous perennial addition to any backyard setting. And like Deborah, one look at them and you are sure to be hooked!
Top Tips To Growing Peonies
Here are some great tips from Deborah to growing peonies in your backyard:
- Morning Sun Peonies love morning sun! They can take all day sun, but if you have the choice of planting them with evening sun or morning sun – choose morning! No matter what – make sure they at least get a half day of sunshine to bloom.
Give Them Room – Allow at least four to 6 feet between bushes when planting near any other perennials or with each other. Not only do they grow large, but they need light to allow for good bud formation and flowering.
- Divide In The Fall – If you are digging up a large bush for transplanting, cut the foliage back in the fall to the ground. Dig the root’s up and split apart, being sure to keep at least three roots or “eyes” with each transplant. I always cut all of the tiny root hairs off of each transplant.
- Don’t Plant Too Deep – When moving to a new spot, be careful to locate the eyes or tubers near the upper two inches of soil. Make sure the eyes are facing up to help growth in the spring.
- Cut Back Every Fall – Cutting back each fall is a must! When foliage begins to die off, cut the plant back to the ground. This helps force better blooms each season, and keeps disease at bay.
Thanks Deborah for the great hints – there is no doubt that peonies make for a great backyard perennial! If you are looking for other perennials to add to your landscape, be sure to check out our Perennial Tab on the website and see all of our articles on great perennials.
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