Is this a really bad spot to plant my new peonies...?
I have a Norway maple in my front yard... yes, I know it is considered the worst kind of tree to plant ANYTHING under or near. But the tree has a high canopy, so the ground under it is actually pretty sunny. It's also right next to the street where the surrounding ground gets a ton of rainwater runoff. I have black-eyed susans and annual poppies thriving there right now (along with a big patch of weeds which I'd like to replace!) I even have a couple tomato plants there which are small but not doing too badly. So it's sort of a paradoxical spot.
So my question is, is this peony homicide to attempt to plant several 3-6 feet from the base of this tree? What if I sunk large clay pots in the soil (with the bottoms knocked out), to give the plants a chance to grow and establish without root competition?
Anybody done anything like this?