Hi I am very new to the forum as well as gardening. I recently purchased my first house, and noticed that the ground is quite neat but unadorned. So I decided to plant some interesting and pretty trees and shrubs. I have just planted a baby Japanese maple, a pink dogwood, and a Jane magnolia tree. I also created a bed for about 9 azaleas, two star magnolia shrubs and a verigrated red twig dogwood bush. Now I am turning my attention to some real flowers, and have discovered that tree peonies are by far easiler to take care of, and look more stately than the common rose...and they dont have the thorns. So today, I purchased two baby tree peonies from a local nursery...one is "light red" and the other is "light pink". I am looking for a deep red specimen as well. In any case, I will create a flower bed for these baby shrubs...they will get full sun all day, and I am told that I should plant them now (they are in pots) with back fill soil mixed with lobster shell compost. I will do this when the rain stops coming down, but I am quite excited. I am aware that these tree peony babies are actually grafted on the Hibaceous (sp) variety. If so, should I bury the soil to the point where the graft is so that the tree peony part will actually grow root? when I mention this question to the lady at the nursery, she was very perplexed. She wanted me to treat these babies as I would a baby tree or any other new potted planted...that they should be set as deep as the depth of their own "rootball" from the pot. Can someone please advise me on this? Thank you in advance, and I am very happy to have found this great forum. Hopefully, I will slowly develop a green thumb with all your guidance.