J’adore la pivoine. I love tree peonies, rock garden peonies, and regular old floppy peonies from grandma. I love singles, doubles, bombs, and everything in between.
Untroubled by nearly everything, they live forever (well- long enough that I will be dead before they are) and give a gorgeous flower display for a brief shining two weeks before the nemesis beetles arrive.
Right now, I have a bouquet of peonies on my desk at work– and unlike the roses, they look as good as the day I cut them.
When planting peonies, remember that they are (usually) tall. Remember also that planting peonies as a hedge will look dumb once they flowers are gone, unless you have another flower to replace them.
I like peonies in mixed borders, where they can be eye-catching for a few weeks and then other plants can take over.
I have one tree peony (and have just ordered another- can’t wait) and it is a nice bush, but only flowered its first year- so I’ve forgotten what color it is– I’ll bet it was a medium pink. The new one I’ve ordered from Klehm’s is Souvenier de Maxime Cornu– which is a spectacular yellow-red. I am thrilled.
I have a single pale pink, a gorgeous double salmon, hot pink “Kansas,” fully double pale pink/white, reddish pink…
Here are pictures of some of my favorites:
Then some new, younger ones: