I just can’t seem to get enough peonies these days. Everywhere I turn these brightly colored fusions of fluff and majesty grace the gardens. Their fragrance fills the air with a sweet scent luring not just the bees, but also people like me to their delightful blooms. Peonies come in an array of colors and are native to Asia, Europe and North America. Peonies are outrageously beautiful in bloom, the foliage stays lush and green all summer long. They are known to live long lives, some as old as 100 years. The plants require little maintenance so long as they are planted in the right way and get established. I’ve found out the hard way that they do not respond too well to transplanting. They are strikingly effective when planted in groups, they also pair beautifully with columbine and irises.
I volunteer at Goodstay Gardens about a 10 minute walk from my home. For more information on these gardens do read my previous post. Goodstay boasts a fairly large swath of these beauties and there’s a certain time that one can catch them in all their blooming glory. That time is right now, so sit back and enjoy some of the elegance and splendor in this peony parade.