tree vs herbaceous peonies--how can I tell the difference?
Still a newbie here and to gardening, as I will be for a while. My husband and I closed on a house in mid August with gardens sorely neglected but full of wonderful potential. I've been doing a lot of reading on prepping perrenials for winter. Here's my question-- I'm almost positive we have herbaceous and not tree peonies, and this will probably seem like a foolish question to you peony experts, but how can I know for sure? I know you are absolutely not supposed to cut back tree peonies (at least that is what I read), but if there are herbaceous, I really want to cut them back. They are about 3ft high, green leaves (that are browning a bit and have had some critters chewing on them). The reason I'm wondering is b/c I thought that herb. peonies mostly had to be staked or they would flop, and these seems pretty strong, but everything is still green. So, can you help me out? Thanks so much!! Laura