Friday, May 22, 2009

Tree Peonies

One of my favorite garden plants are Tree Peonies. Not only do they have gorgeous flowers, but they make a beautiful bush. Unlike herbaceous peonies that die back to the ground each year, Tree Peonies die back to a woody stalk that ever so slowly gets larger every year. I've seen some Tree Peonies get nearly 6 ft tall. And the flowers are larger and come in shades not seen in herbaceous peonies. Okay, that's your Botany lesson for today. Now on with the pics.



I have 3 blooming right now. And I have a total of 8 Tree Peonies.




This last one is gorgeous! I love how it goes from a purplish pink in the center, to nearly white on the edges. We got this one from a co-worker. She had it in her front yard, and didn't want it. Can you imagine? It was quite large, about 4 feet across. It had a massive number of woody stalks. I didn't know if it could be transplanted that large. I dug as large of a root ball as I could. Tree peonies are not easy to move once established, and as careful as I was, I thought we'd lost it. Most of it died that summer, but part of it came back the next year, and this is what it looks like now after about 6 years.




If you've got the time, Tree Peonies are a great addition to the garden. I'll post the others as they bloom.

4 comments:

  1. Joseph10:17 AM

    I have never heard of tree peonies before. They are very beautiful! Good luck with your plant sale!

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  2. We planted three of them in front of our last house.... they never did do too much.... the green foilage grew, and just a few flowers. We drove by yesterday....saw no flowers....lots of growth. Peonies (tree or otherwise) are on my top THREE!

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  3. I, too, have never heard of the tree variety. Cool. I have a couple of the standard herbaceous variety, some of which it's time to divide...

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  4. Those are gorgeous! I'm glad you referred us back a couple of posts, I missed them!--Randy

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