tree peony

Peony root (Photos by Dugald Cameron)

How and when to plant peonies

Dugald Cameron

The optimal planting time depends on what you’re planting. Perennial plants are best planted in spring, but it’s better to plant peonies in the fall.

Japanese tree peony (Garden Making photo)

How to prune Japanese tree peonies

Judith Adam

Pruning is a good way to rejuvenate tree peonies. It’s better to prune tree peonies in early spring, when their pink buds are prominent, but not yet open.

Mauve tree peony (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Tree peonies and their kin

Judith Adam

The flowers of tree peonies are startling huge and beautiful (and some are deeply scented), and their foliage remains attractive all season.