When it comes to fresh cut flowers, peonies are always a top pick. After all, they’ve been cultivated for centuries for their exquisite beauty and powerful fragrance. But they’re even better making a statement in your garden, as their magnificent blooms appear in late spring and last for weeks, and the plant itself can live for decades. (Which also makes them a great investment if you’re just starting or expanding your perennial beds.)
Peonies grow best in USDA Hardiness zones 3 to 8 (find your zone here) and require a cold period below 40 degrees for at least six weeks, so they won’t grow in hot climates. If you plant several different types, you can enjoy flowers from May through June. They also make lovely cut bouquets to enjoy indoors, where the flowers will last about 5 to 7 days.
Here’s everything else you need to know about how to grow peonies in your garden: