peony-planting time (and time to buy a coral one)

coral peony
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.

  1. Johanna says:

    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…

  2. Smallpeace says:

    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.

  3. Judy says:

    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.

  4. Linda Trapkin says:

    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.

    1. Margaret says:

      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!

  5. Denise says:

    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?

    1. Margaret says:

      Denise, is it a tree peony (a woody plant, shrubby_ or a herbaceous one (dies to the ground each year, no woody stems)?

  6. Denise says:

    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 !

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