|Botanical name||Paeonia spp.|
|Sun exposure||Full sun|
|Soil type||Loamy, well-draining|
|Bloom time||Spring and summer|
|Flower color||Pink, purple, red, white, yellow|
How to Plant Peonies
Once peonies get going in the garden, they are hardy and reliable. Give yourself an advantage by starting with a strong plant and the right location.
Growing From Seed
Most people don’t grow peonies from seed because it can take a few years to get them established. However, this is a great option for cultivating unique varieties or growing from existing plants. Either start with peony seeds or collect your own from existing seed pods (usually best collected in late summer). Then, sow directly in the ground in fall.
Growing From Starter Plants
You can find peony starter plants at garden centers, both in spring and fall. It’s also common to find bare-root tubers. You might think peonies should be planted in spring—after all, that’s when they bloom—but they’ll actually have a much better chance of getting established if you plant in fall. Whether using tubers or start plants, choose a location with good sunlight and well-draining soil. Plant tubers a few inches deep. For container plants that you’re moving into the garden, plant about as deep as they were growing in the container. If your area has harsh winters, consider adding some protection in the first year to help…