Paeonies (Peonies) are the true garden Aristocrats - these incredible plants are always strong in demand. Their GIANT, luscious blooms, and lovely foliage make them a real head turner in any garden. Paeonies thrive in frosty, cold areas, and are incredibly drought tolerant during the Summer months - in fact, it's recommended not to water these during the Summer!
Paeonies do best in places situated South of Taupo, however with care (for instance dumping ice on their roots during the growth period) can be grown in the North. The big fleshy roots are completely dormant in Winter and in early Spring emerges rapidly growing stems, bearing 1-3 flower buds - these then develop slowly into gigantic blooms, up to 18cm across. Paeonies are best left undisturbed in the ground - As they grown, they will take up an area of approx 1m2. Happy Gardening!!
Peonies: Pure Elegance!
Paeonies (Peonies) are surprisingly easy to grow given the correct growing conditions.
Being planted in the correct location and given a little attention, most Peonies will grow profusely in the same spot for many many years, and will become a focal point of your gardens.
They thrive in frosty cold areas, and require some cold to flower successfully. Ideally requiring at least 3 frosts a year. They are also incredibly drought tolerant through the summer.
For a full overview of how to plant Peonies visit our Gardeners Guide.