Caring for peonies starts with choosing the right planting spot and making sure soil is exceptionally healthy. Once you take care of that, maintaining healthy plants depends on the basics: watering and fertilizing peonies. Less frequent chores, like deadheading peonies after flowering and cutting back peonies in fall are not demanding tasks but play a key role in keeping this perennial productive.
For flowering, peony season occurs in spring, although the precise timing varies depending on the type of peony. Different herbaceous peony varieties also can flower at slightly different times. For planting, peonies’ season occurs in fall for bareroot plants and spring for potted ones.
Peonies are old-fashioned favorites that are long-lived, flowering for generations. Peony blossoms come in a variety of flower forms, like these semi-double blooms of pink ‘Paula Fay.’ A single peony makes a stunning bouquet; combine several stems, and you have a centerpiece fit for any gathering. Plant early, mid- and late season peonies, and you’ll be picking the blooms for 6 weeks. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 35 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Good vase companions for peony: lady’s mantle, clustered bellflower, catmint and hosta.
Peonies are old-fashioned favorites in the garden. Large, petal-filled blossoms grace the garden with a rich color palette that includes white, pink, red, salmon and deep purple. Tuck potted peony plants into the garden in fall or spring. Bareroot peonies do best when planted in fall. Peonies are long-lived plants that typically survive for generations and make fantastic cut flowers. Zones 2-8.
Bold and colorful patterns can be on more than just pillows and throws. Try out some bright, patterned curtains for a statement piece in your living room. "In my shop, chevron, ikat, lattice and trellis prints are popular right now," says Tosha Scott, owner of Castle Creek Designs. The most important thing when bringing in window treatments with lots of color and pattern is to consider how other accessories will help temper the space. If you go bold with window treatments, think about bringing in some neutral furnishings that won't compete with the pattern. Image courtesy of Romo
Why we love it: Tree peonies open extra-large blooms, and ‘High Noon’ is no exception. These sunny blossoms measure 6 to 9 inches across and exude a lemon scent. Yellow petals have red flares in the center. Plants sometimes flower a second time in late summer or fall. Light shade keeps blossom color at its best.
Gold and white removable wallpaper gives this standard dorm room desk an instant feminine flair. A mint green desk mat and matching basket outline the work space and help keep it organized. Colorful supplies like notebooks and pencils can be left out for extra decoration.
A gold and white peony wallpaper covering a table top brings instant feminine flair to your dorm room decor. A tray and small storage containers help display items in an organized fashion. Vivid wall art adds even more brightness and color to the display.
Dorm room furniture can be pretty plain, but there's a quick solution — removable wallpaper! Mix and match patterns to create a layered look. Here, we paired a large, organic floral pattern with a smaller, structured geometric X pattern.
We love the way soft greens and muted pinks have a way with each other. Pairing chartreuse with white gives the room a bright, clean and fun tone. The pink padded headboard, MCM tulip table, and white vase with pink peonies give this bedside space a posh look.
The impressive backsplash combines the homeowner's love of pink and peonies. A climbing vine with vibrant pink peonies sits on a gray ombre background, which adds subtle drama that echoes the fabric of the window treatment. Bookmatched walnut cabinets feature clean lines, while a custom pink stove and island make a dramatic statement.
A sleek wooden table is surrounded by a mix of different seating: resin chairs with floral insets, an open back bench and a high-backed bench. Cool clustered light fixtures make a dramatic statement, and gray ombre curtains are of the moment.