MAYBE YOUR PEONIES DIDN’T WOW YOU this season, or maybe their foliage is all nasty-looking if you’ve been having an ultra-wet year like I have. Or maybe you’re just thinking of adding some (hint: pick a coral-colored cultivar). It’s peony planting and transplanting time, and also time to make sure a thorough cleanup is on the to-do list, to reduce the overwintering of troublesome fungal issues. “When the Normally Tough Peony Fails to Bloom” walks you through the possible problems (and recommends where to shop for new beauties, which I see from the nurseries’ email newsletters are offering free shipping or sale prices right now). Remember: Think coral.
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I was just looking at some beautiful coral peonies on Klehm’s website last night! They’d be beautiful against the blue-gray of my house. Just need to commit to a location so I can prepare a bed…
Coral peonies! This changes everything. I’ve always felt that the hot-pink peonies we inherited with the purchase of our little cottage clashed with its barn-red exterior. This may be my answer. Thanks.
I have had my eye on a Coral peony also. I think they are just beautiful.
I love my peonies. But this year did have a problemm with black spot. After reading through your list of possible peony problems, it must have been the cold, wet weather in spring. And I bet I composted the diseased leaves! Live and learn. So now would be the time to dig up the affected plants and see if I need replacements. Thanks for the plan.
and this year I was trying to keep my garden spending moderate! ha.
I am a fan of coral peonies and orange tulips (blooming at different times, of course) but they both share, to my eye, the unfortuante habit of not fading to pretty colors (washed out yellows, etc). But when they peak, they are gorgeous.
Hi, Linda. I haven’t noticed so much, but maybe because I only use the tulips for cutting (so I toss the vase when it gets messy anyhow; they’re not in the garden making a faded mess), and ditto the peonies. Will have to look more carefully next spring!
Hi, is there still time to dig up and divide a large-flowered peony bush in Zone 5a? Or am I better off waiting until the spring or early next fall?
Denise, is it a tree peony (a woody plant, shrubby_ or a herbaceous one (dies to the ground each year, no woody stems)?
Hi Margaret, it is a herbaceous one. The leaves all wilted the other day after some cool weather and i cut them off.
Sorry if you get this 2 or 3 times, i’m not sure if the comment went through before !
I have many different kind but i never got coral ones! They look so beautiful!!
Hi, Adrien. Gorgeous, aren’t they? I need to get another plant myself!
oh my heavens that is gorgeous…
Yes, the coral ones are the best, aren’t they? So surprising. Nice to see you, Amy. Come back soon!