Their heady fragrance and voluptuous flowers make them a must-have perennial. Gardeners treasure two main types: the herbaceous cultivars, which die back to the ground each autumn, and tree peony types, small shrubs with woody stems that lose their leaves in the autumn. Most varieties flower for about a week in late spring to early summer, but you can extend the period of bloom for six weeks by choosing early, mid- and late-season cultivars. Flower colors range from white and yellow to shades of red, pink and mauve - any color except blue. As for scent, most double flowering types are more fragrant than singles, and pinks tend to be more fragrant than reds. Peonies grow two to four feet tall and thrive in sunny flowerbeds and well-drained soils. Although they tolerate a wide range of soil types, you'll have the best success with good soil rich in organic matter.
- Zone: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
- Bloom: Late Spring | Early Summer
- Growth: Over 48 Inches
- Exposure: Full Sun | Partial Sun | Partial Shade
- Water: Average