Peonies under trees?

michelle_co(z5 CO)May 14, 2014


I have some huge old elm trees in my yard. There is a bed to the side of them that gets pretty good morning and afternoon sun - maybe some light shade mid-day. There are definitely tree roots everywhere... The bed is slightly raised above the lawn level, about 3-4 inches. I try to keep the soil amended to help my perennials compete with the trees.

Is it worth trying peonies in a bed like this? I need to divide and move peonies from a different spot, and part of the appeal of this new location is the house blocks the wind. Currently the peonies take a beating in their spot which is more sunny, but too windy. Most years the wind shatters the blooms.


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They will probably do OK under that much shade. Tree roots will always be a problem as the surface water causes tree root growth where ever there is moisture. Peonies do have pretty aggressive root system which I think will compete as good as any other plant in your exposure. Al

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 10:38AM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

Thanks, I think I'll put in divisions from my more aggressive growers and see what happens.

I would really like to remove the trees, but they do give a lot of great shade. And at the moment, are dropping evil baby elm seeds everywhere... Ugh!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 9:39AM
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