I have been very remiss in showing Peonies this year, but I will now show a few which have patiently flowered in my yard this spring.
These four are Herbaceous Peonies (the first three are in the old-fashioned grouping - the Lactifloras. The last one is a Hybrid Herbaceous Peony, one of the many crosses the Americans have made between the Lactiflora groupings, and the more brightly coloured species plants. In this case, a "Paeonia officionalis "Rubra Plena" parent.
|Sarah Bernhardt - a reliable old Tart. And the plant's not bad either.|
|Bowl of Beauty - I love this flower. I forgive her lack of perfume|
|Lady Alexandra Duff - exquisitely delicate colour combination|
|Red Charm - the most famous American hybrid - a stunner.|
Some people ask me are Peonies hard to grow?
Well, let me say that I never "feed" these plants, and I have not had to water them this season. Only when the plants were younger (and in bursts of hot, windy weather) would I ever water them, by running a hose on the ground above where the plants grow. Not necessary this year.
Down below the house, there are several lines of Peonies growing amongst the weeds - literally. But they are still flowering.
I am not proud of this, but I am simply reporting the facts.
So, I guess the answer is - No! Peonies are not hard to grow, if you give them full sun, good soil, and rain.
I cannot grow "exhibition quality plants" because the weeds beat me. But I am delighted with the flowers which simply appear outside my front door, every year.