Plant of the Week: Peony

Whether you’re a floral arranger or a lover of beautiful flowers, you’ll appreciate these large, showy blooms in late spring. Peonies are perfect for cutting and arranging into spectacular bouquets and come in shades of pink, purple, red and white.

Due to their large blooms, Peonies can become quite top heavy after heavy rains or strong winds, use a Grow-Thru-Grid or support to keep them upright as they grow.

Full sun, at least 6 hours per day. They can tolerate part sun, but blooms will be fewer and less spectacular.

Moist, well draining soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0. Peonies don’t do well in overly wet soils, amend soil with Lobster Compost to increase drainage.

Fertilize with a fertilizer for flowers like Dr Earth Total Advantage

Our Favorite Varieties

Peony ‘Buckeye Belle’

Buckeye Belle – A showstopper with dark red petals surrounding bright yellow stamens, Buckeye averages 30 inches tall and 3 feet wide at maturity.

Peony ‘Coral Sunset’

Coral Sunset – A charming coral pink variety, Coral Sunset averages 30 to 32 inches tall and 3 feet wide at maturity.

Peony ‘Charles Burgess’

Charles Burgess – This stunner features bright red outer petals surrounding yellow and red inner petals, creating an eye-catching flower. Charles Burgess averages 30 to 36 inches tall and 3 feet wide at maturity.

Peony ‘Felix Crousse’

Felix Crousse – Featuring ruffled hot pink petals, Felix Crousse is perfect for bouquets and flower gardens alike. Averages 36 inches tall and 2 feet wide at maturity/

Peony ‘Shirley Temple’

Shirley Temple – With pale pink and white petals, this ruffled peony is sure to win your heart, just like it’s namesake. Shirley Temple averages 36 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide at maturity.