Peonies are bad plants.
Although I have quite a diverse garden, I've never tried a Peony before and know little about them. I like the foliage, and found a Peony suited for our climate (Kansas). I thought a Peony might fill the bill as a low maintanence plant (compared to the roses I grow at least). After I planted my Peony I visited a friend and commented on her peonies (which I had never noticed before). She told me they were not hers, but her D.H.'s and that they were bad plants. My heart sank. These are the reasons she gave. Can you tell me if they are true?
1. The foliage on Peonies looks horrible by August;all brown and icky. You must leave it (like daffodils) until October. SIDEBAR: If so, will a peony live in a container? I could at least move that out of sight.
2. They need to be staked. All Peony flowers flop to the ground. Kansas will too.
3. They are as disease prone as roses. They must be sprayed (Fungunex?)
4. They attract ants to your house.
I guess my question would also be, if all this is true, why do people love their peonies so much? Your help will really be appreciated.