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Peonies under trees?

Posted by michelle_co z5 CO (My Page) on
Wed, May 14, 14 at 22:45

Hi,

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.

Thanks,
Michelle


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RE: Peonies under trees?

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


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RE: Peonies under trees?

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!


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