Peonies are one of the most popular flower types that are found in gardens all over the world, and they’re one of the easiest flowers that you can add to your garden – praised for their wonderful colors, they produce their characteristic flowers usually a year or two after they’ve been initially planted.
They thrive in almost all types of weather, although prefer getting full or partial sun in order to bloom. When it comes to pests, there isn’t much to worry about when you’re planting peonies because while certain types of bugs are attracted to the plant, they aren’t as interested in eating the plant.
This is only part of what could make them the perfect choice for the next flower to adorn your garden. Thinking of planting peonies in your garden?
Here are 8 tricks on planting & growing amazing peonies that are guaranteed to turn heads next season.
1. Choose the Right Type
There are more than 3, 000 types of peony available on the market, and this can seem pretty intimidating to even an advanced gardener who has been planting for years – but there’s no reason why this should be daunting. All that you have to do is research the type of peony that you have well before you plant it – and know that there aren’t as many differences between varying types as you might think.
Peonies are classified into three main types: Herbaceous, Tree and Intersectional. The differences aren’t huge between these types, and the main difference between the three are the overall size: You can expect a tree peony to become much larger than a herbaceous-type peony, and should know to plant them accordingly.
When planting, make sure that you plant peonies by type (and far enough apart for the type you’ve chosen to plant) so they don’t crowd the space.