Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Chinese Tree Peony

Exquisite! is the word that comes to mind as the Chinese Tree Peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) are now in full bloom. These exotic plants have a special place in the garden, a focal point, so one can fully view the spectacular 6-9” blossoms. These are showstoppers.

The 4-5 foot upright woody shrubs do very well in our garden: deep, well prepared soil and good drainage, in full sun or part shade. In the early spring they appreciate a little bone meal (high in phosphorus) worked around into the soil, and on occasion I may add a slow release fertilizer.

The blossoms are so heavy they may require staking. Thus in pruning, I do so following their amazing display, and back to stronger growing wood. They offer years of enjoyment and with little care.