How to Stretch the Peony Season
Late Season Peony Sarah Bernhardt
Peonies are one of America’s best-loved perennials. They’re also one of the easiest to grow! They can be planted almost anywhere, aren’t troubled by deer or insect pests, and will bloom for generations without a bit of attention.
Early Season Peony ‘Black Beauty’
Of course the best thing about peonies is their flowers, which are big (6 to 10” across), abundant (50 blossoms on a mature plant), come in gorgeous colors (shades of ivory, pink, rose and burgundy) and are wonderfully fragrant. Few flowers can rival the beauty of a big bouquet of peonies.
Depending where you live, peonies bloom in late spring or early summer. Climate and weather affect bloom time, but each variety also has its own genetic time clock, which determines whether it flowers early, mid or late in the peony season.
Late Season Peonies Sarah Bernhardt and Felix Crousse
Choosing peonies based on their bloom time, as well as their beauty, will let you enjoy having them in flower for as long as possible.
Midseason Peony ‘Sorbet’