Garden peonies, 10 good reasons to make them a place
Garden peonies are among the top 3 favorite French flowers with roses and orchids . This is not surprising because these beautiful flowers with silk petals are indeed fascinating. If you have not yet booked a place in your garden, here are 10 good reasons to do so!
Why book a place of choice garden peonies?
With a hundred varieties, garden peonies have it all. Herbaceous, shrubby or mixed, they have also won the hearts of gardeners for a long time. Herbaceous peonies such as Chinese peony ( Paeonia lactiflora ) disappear every winter. Indeed, their stems die back from autumn to reappear in spring. This is not the case for tree peonies whose woody stems remain in place all year round. As for the mixed peonies (or itoh ), they are hybrids of the two previous created more recently. All these peonies deserve a place in your garden!
Here are 10 good reasons that should convince you to adopt them, if you still hesitate:
1- These are perennials that grow well once installed. They are indeed very resistant to heat and cold, and are also hardy down to -15 ° C. To give the best of themselves, it is enough to plant them in the sun in a deep and well worked soil. After planting, do not forget to give them fertilizer in early spring or fall because they are greedy.
2- Garden peonies live long when they feel good. Thus, they are able to grow vigorously for 15 to 20 years and can live up to 100 years. Moreover, they can stay in place for many years without needing care. In addition, the older they age, the more they flourish.
3- They are particularly generous and offer an incredible show. The flowers are indeed very big. Their diameter varies from 5 to 10 cm for the smallest up to 20 cm for larger ones. They can even reach 30 cm in diameter for shrub peonies. In addition, the flowers are numerous, so only one foot can produce up to 60 flowers!
4- The flowers of garden peonies are, for the most part, fragrant . They give off a pleasant fragrance, sweet and subtle. The most fragrant are the double flowered varieties. Similarly, pink peonies are generally more fragrant than reds.
5- The foliage , nicely cut, is very decorative . It is colored red or bronze and thus remains attractive even after flowering. In addition, if the summer is not too dry, it persists until autumn.
6- Because of their variety, they are easily integrated into all types of gardens . Indeed, garden peonies flowers can be simple, semi-double, double, ball-shaped or cup-shaped. Similarly, the palette of their colors is extremely wide, it lacks only the blue! Thus, this wonderful diversity can invite them in all styles of garden.
7- They like the company if it is not invasive. Thus, they appreciate the proximity of ground cover plants such as perennial geranium , variegated cutthroat or heucheria . Indeed, they are ideal for keeping fresh soil at the foot of peonies. Grasses are also excellent summer neighbors because they bring a natural touch to their foliage. For beautiful blooming marriages, roses , iris or columbines are to be favored. The secret of a successful association with peonies is to avoid the proximity of perennials as vigorous as they!
8- Peonies in the garden are a real point of attraction . They have the gift of attracting all eyes. It’s truly a spring time not to be missed!
9- These are great cut flowers that are self-sufficient. Indeed, its magnificent opulent flowers make them the queens of bouquets. Picked in buds or barely bloomed, as soon as the color is visible, they can last a week in a vase. To cut those in the garden, it is better to wait until your peony is at least 4 years old. In this case, make sure to leave 2 to 3 leaves on the foot so that the plant can regenerate.
10- Finally, the best reason to welcome a peony to the garden is that this plant is simply beautiful . We never tire of admiring its sumptuous flowers!
Do you have the chance to have one or more garden peonies ? I have two of them, one herbaceous and one shrub, and I look forward to their flowering each year by the end of April. If you like peonies, I invite you to discover the Castle Sourches q in the Sarthe and its Conservatory of Peony .