Good spot for a row of peonies?

katefisher(Z7_NorthernCA)August 21, 2007

Question about if I can plant peonies here (sucessfully) and if so, recommendations on a good one for a peony newbie.

On the east side of our house we have a bed that runs about 15 feet long by 14 inches wide. Right now it has the worst of all devil plants growing there, Queen Anne Lace. I am in the middle of launching an attack on the Q.A. Lace with a plan of putting peonies in there next spring. Does that sound like enough room? That is to say, wide enough? The space gets wonderful morning sun and diffused sun for the rest of the day.

Furthermore there are so many great peonies out there I have no clue where to begin in choosing one.

Thank you.

Kate

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

My only concern is the amount of sun. Peonies,like Roses, bloom best with "full" sun. Tree peonies will do fine with less sun but the space looks a little cramped for them. Any herbaceous peonies are Ok. Work the soil up down to two feet and dig in lots of compost. Space your peonies four feet apart when planting to allow for air circulation and avoid disease problems as they fill the space. The one complaint with peonies is they do not rebloom, but do remain green and attractive through the summer. Plant them high enough so you can see the buds for next years growth through the winter. Too deep and they might not ever bloom. Depending on the plant you start with they may not bloom for a year or two, even if you do everything right. Al

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 10:39AM
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katefisher(Z7_NorthernCA)

Al thank you very much for your informative response. Some very good thoughts there and all completely new to me. I knew effectively nothing until reading your post.

You know I believe I will heed your good advice and maybe try something that is a little less of a sun addict in the bed described above. I might have a little space in next years rose bed for a peony or two that does not get too large. The rose bed gets excellent sun.

Maybe I'll try bellflowers in the side bed instead.

Again thank you.

Kate

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 11:35PM
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