Peonies

mattie108July 31, 2013

I am thinking of planting Peonies but I've read that in the South they appreciate afternoon sun. The place I have in mind is on the west side of the house and they will get sun all day. I'm in zone 7. Anyone have any idea how they'll do?

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plantman71(7b/8a)

Mine do good in full sun. They bloom better in full sun. Been growing them since 63. I got my first for a wedding gift from the preachers wife.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 12:10PM
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mattie108

Thank you Plantman! I am happy to hear that. I kind of have my heart set on Peonies but was afraid they wouldn't do well. There are a zillion to choose from. Do you have a favorite? I am impressed that you've been growing them since 1963 - what a great idea for a wedding gift!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 12:58PM
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plantman71(7b/8a)

I mostly grow the double type, some single blooms types. I have not tried the bush or tree types. They cost to much.
Who has tried the bush type?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 9:23PM
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jeff_al

i have grown the tree peonies (p. suffruticosa) for a few years but they went into decline after that and became so weak that i gave up on them. from what i have read, they are more vigorous in colder climates. at any rate, they were not happy where i had them. possible issues might have been drainage or lack of fertilizer. i thnk even the herbaceous ones prefer a winter chill period that they don't get in my area and farther south of me. my grandfather had them in north alabama (florence area) but i don't see those often around here. auburn university is studying them for heat-tolerant varieties. there is an article online if you search for it.
the tree peony flowers are big and beautiful, though, and are worthy of a spot in the garden if you can grow them. one of mine had a nice lemon fragrance.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 10:38AM
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catbird(z7 AL)

In this part of the country humidity seems to be as much of a problem with peonies as anything. They must have good circulation and well drained soil or they'll mildew badly.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 4:36PM
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mattie108

Thank you, everyone! Your input has been very helpful. I'm still interested, but I might put off my decision for a while. So much to consider! They can be expensive, and I don't want to be disappointed. Gonna think on it...thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 9:42PM
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