Locate peonies in a sunny spot. Plant roots so the “eyes,” or buds near the plant’s base, are only 1–2 inches below ground.
When in bloom, peonies can become top-heavy. Keep plants upright by providing a support for stems to grow through in spring.
To prevent leaf diseases, water at the base of plants. Dispose of foliage in fall, then mulch the area. Consider a fungicide, too.
Plan for the months when peonies are just mounds of green. Pair them with blue-green and chartreuse plants that hold attention.
Peonies make a cheerful, fragrant cut flower, but ants are attracted to the sticky sap—beware when bringing them indoors for display.
Don’t cut peonies down before fall because it will prevent them from storing the energy reserves needed for long-term health.