Spring Garden Tips

Peony, Hybrid Peony, Chinese Peony

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Botanical Name

Paeonia

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

3 feet

Width

3 feet

Flowers

Late spring to early summer: white, red, coral, pink, salmon; single, double, anemone flowers; fragrant

Fall Color

Reddish, bronze

Light

Full sun (light shade)

Soil

Moist, well-drained

Planting and Care

Space plants 3 feet apart.

Divide in fall after foliage dies, 3 to 5 eyes per division, plant eyes 2 inches deep.

Sanitation is the best control against leaf blights.

Problems

Botrytis blight, phytophthora blight

Varieties to Consider

Flame - early, single rose-red flowers, dark green foliage

Ivory Victory - blend of cream and white flowers

Red Magic - red flowers with a spicy fragrance

Susie Q - double pink, fragrant, 2'

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