Peony season is finally here! For two weeks in June peony lovers everywhere rejoice and furiously arrange and photograph their precious flowers. . . or maybe that’s just me. There’s nothing like those delicate shades of pink and that glorious scent wafting from every bloom.
But peonies aren’t always as easy to grow as they might seem. In this post, I go over how to grow peonies, what you can expect when you add them to your perennial garden, and some tips for transplanting them.
Did you know that peonies make excellent cut flowers? Once they have established, peonies will provide you with many cut flowers to use in the five DIY flower arrangements I’ve listed at the end of the post.
If you live in hardiness zones 2-8, you really need to pick up a peony root from your nearest garden centre or friend with too many on her hands. Here’s everything you need to know to grow and play with herbaceous peonies.
Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.