Peonies only bloom for a short time and maintenance is not really easy, but they are of course beautiful with those huge colorful flowers. Buying peonies for the vase is also a luxury because they are so beautiful to look at and also smell wonderful. There are 6 groups of peonies, all of which belong to the genus Paonia. But there are now various types and colors available. Tree peonies are about 2 meters high, the farmer’s peony is the most common species in Dutch gardens, followed by the white peony. The peony is named after the Greek God of healing Paieon. The meaning of the flower is to share love.
Peony planting, location and care
The peony is a perennial that can last up to 20 years if you take good care of it.
You can plant, sow or take cuttings in the spring and the peony is a sun worshiper who wants to enjoy 6 hours of sun every day. Peonies that don’t get enough sun won’t open either.
This plant is very sensitive to planting too deep. Cover the red ‘nose’ of the peony with up to 2 centimeters of soil when planting otherwise they will not come out.
If they get wet feet, they won’t open during flowering. If the soil in the garden is very wet, you should add some sand. Transplanting to a higher part of the garden is also possible, but there is a chance that they will not flower for a year.